A six-week consultation in Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s integrated risk management plan (IRMP) has been launched, and will run until Saturday, December 31.
Included in the plans are proposals to revert Yate fire station back to its pre-2009 crewing model, with “wholetime” crews present in the day, and “on-call” firefighters overnight.
The service is required to make £5 million of annual savings up to 2020 following reductions in grants from central government, with service reform also being pushed.
In response, Avon Fire Authority’s IRMP recommendations are based on four guiding principles of “Mitigation of risk in communities”, “Reconfiguration of services”, “Collaboration” and “Accountability and transparency”
The Service is also looking at ways of becoming more inclusive of its diverse communities and partners.
Chairman of Avon Fire Authority, Cllr Peter Abraham said: “Our staff have been extremely successful over the years in driving down the number of house fires and wider risks faced by members of the public in our communities.
“Despite increasing populations in many of the cities, towns and villages in our area we haven’t seen an increase in the number of emergencies we attend.
“There are many reasons for this, but the fantastic education and safety work our staff have been doing over the years certainly plays a large part.
“We’re confident that through increased collaboration and by reconfiguring the way we deliver our services that excellent work can continue despite the significant savings we must find.
“This Authority knows that public regard our emergency response service as the absolute priority so we have committed to maintaining our current standards across the area.”
Detailed plans regarding the proposed changes at Yate Fire Station will be on display in the town’s library for one week from Monday, November 28, with an open event also taking place at the station later in December.
Councillor Abraham added: “I would encourage everyone who lives or works in the Avon Fire and Rescue Service area to look through our IRMP and provide their feedback via our survey.”
The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LKYYDRP
Printed copies of the survey can be requested in writing to Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6EU.