Tough decisions over fire service

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HIGH Peak residents are being asked how Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service should prioritise spending their budget.

The question is one of a number being put to locals by the service, who are currently developing an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).

The IRMP identifies both the national and local fire and rescue service risks that the communities of Derbyshire/UK are exposed to and describes the current arrangements that the service has in place to mitigate and manage those identified risks.

To help with the development of the IRMP, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently running a consultation with both its employees and the residents of Derbyshire, to find out their views on:

l How the service should prioritise spending their budget?

l Whether they support the aims of the Think Sprinkler campaign?

l If the service should manage their resources across the county according to the risk?

l Should Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service recover costs incurred from responding to non-life critical and non-urgent calls?

A series of public consultation meetings are being held across the county. At each meeting, a Fire Service Officer will be giving a presentation summarising the issues that are being consulted upon. They will also be able to answer any questions that the public have about the consultation.

Station Manager Rick Roberts said: “Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service would encourage everyone to take part in this survey. The responses we receive are vital pieces of information that feed into the service’s long term planning process.”

A full list of consultation meeting dates, a video providing information about the questions in the survey and the online survey are all available online at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk.