Dispatch district residents are being urged to have their say on budget cuts by the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
There are only two weeks left of the 12 week consultation period for YOU to be heard about the proposals to cut £1m from the budget to help meet the £2.4m deficit for 2015-17.
Six proposals have been put forward. This includes reducing operational cover at some fire stations in the county, and the Service is looking at a combination other money saving measures.
Changes to the organisational structure is another option as well as looking at ways the Service can carry out its day-to-day business more efficiently.
Feedback has been sought from the public, staff, trade unions, business owners and partner organisations via a number of public forums, staff focus groups, visits to local businesses and at ‘street clinics’ held across the county.
So far over 1,000 people have completed the consultation questionnaire, with the majority of responses coming from the Warsop and Collingham areas.
“The number of incidents attended by our fire crews has fallen significantly in recent years,” said Chief Fire Officer John Buckley. “The Service has worked extremely hard to ensure that our communities are safer now than they have ever been.
“Public safety is at the heart of all we do and, as part of this latest review, we have taken these figures into account in order to align our resources to where they are needed most.
“The current financial climate has left us with some difficult decisions, and the challenge for us is to continue providing an effective and efficient fire and rescue service whilst also making cost savings.
“Fire and rescue in Nottinghamshire affects us all and I urge everyone to have their say in shaping the future of the fire and rescue service in their area.”
To have your say visit: www.notts-fire.gov.uk, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0115 967 0880.
The results will be analysed by an independent company and a report submitted to the meeting of the Fire Authority in September.