Have your say on fire brigade changes

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People in Rugby can have their say on planned changes to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service at a roadshow event this month.

The service needs to save £2.4 million over the next four years – and bosses say it will have to change the way it operates to cope with the cuts. It currently plans to axe 30 full-time firefighting posts through not replacing staff as they retire, among other measures.

A roadshow will come to the Clock Towers shopping centre on Thursday May 15 from 10am to 2pm. The county council, which runs the fire brigade, says those attending will have the chance to find out more about the plans, share their views and ask questions face to face. In addition, residents can find information and complete the consultation survey online by visiting www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue by June 20.

Cllr Les Caborn, the county councillor with special responsibility for the fire brigade, said: “We want to meet residents face to face in the community to talk about the proposed changes and to find out what local people think.

“Demand has changed and the types of incidents the service attends have changed so we need to position the service to give the best response within the resources we have available. Above all we want to make the people of Warwickshire safer by changing the way the service operates in the future.”

He added: “We have been open about the savings that we need to make and are keen to make it clear to the public that we will not compromise the effectiveness of the service.

“We believe that by rethinking how we operate and introducing news ways of working that reflect peak demand, we will be better equipped to deal with life threatening emergencies while making the required savings.”

A paper version of the consultation survey will be available at each roadshow and distributed through county venues including fire stations and libraries giving more people a chance to have their say. Copies can also be requested by calling (01926) 423231.