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Have your say on Suffolk fire service cuts at Sudbury event

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Sudbury residents have the chance to have their say on changes to Suffolk’s fire service next week.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue’s consultation continues over the next few weeks with a further public meeting planned for Sudbury Town Hall on Wednesday 3 February at 6.30pm.

The consultation, which ends at 5pm on 22 February, seeks views on a range of specific proposals for changing the way the fire and rescue service is set-up across the county.

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Cllr Matthew Hicks said: “To date, I’m delighted that we’ve received around 1,500 completed questionnaires and almost 200 enquiries from people engaging with this consultation.

“We have also held two public meetings in Bury and Ipswich, each of which was attended by around 50 people. Our aim is to ensure that as many people as possible have their say on these proposals over the next four weeks so that we can take full account of their views and feedback.

“I am confident that these proposals mean we can continue to deliver Prevention, Protection and 999 Response services to the residents of Suffolk.

“They have been developed after taking account of; the risk profile across the county; the number, location and type of fire stations and fire engines; the location of on-call and full-time firefighters; and the 999 call demand and casualty history over recent years - the details of which are all set out in the consultation documents.”

Officers from the service are also encouraging as many people as possible to look at the proposals, which can be found on the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service webpage: www.suffolk.gov.uk/fireredesign and complete the online questionnaire.

If anybody wishes to talk to an officer regarding this consultation, they can contact the team on 01473 260457, or e-mail: fireserviceredesign@suffolk.gov.uk

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