Public thanked for contributing to consultation

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Members of the public are thanked for sharing their views about Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s proposals to change the crewing of Huntingdon’s rescue vehicle.

Plans to improve the way Cambridgeshire delivers its frontline services went to the public at the end of September and during the consultation, which ended on Friday (December 20), more than 180 people had their say.

Dozens of people spoke with fire officers about the plans at a series of public events and many others filled a consultation survey out online.

Of those who submitted their views, 76 per cent said they agreed with the plan to crew the Huntingdon rescue vehicle differently to allow the Service to move the resources to the Operational Risk and Response Team (ORRT).

Rick Hylton, CFRS Area Commander, said: “We would like to thank the public for sharing their thoughts with us about these plans. We extended the consultation by three weeks to ensure we maximised the opportunities to get public opinion and we’re thankful to those who contributed.”

The results of the consultation will be presented to the Fire Authority at its meeting in February (2014).

Under the proposals, the 10 posts currently assigned to crew the Huntingdon rescue vehicle will transfer to a new team called the Operational Risk and Response Team (ORRT). This team will work during the day and will increase the number of wholetime staff available during this peak period.

As part of the proposals there would be no change in the number of wholetime firefighters working within CFRS.

The new system would enable two firefighters to continue to crew the rescue vehicle during the day and a further five firefighters to do other work such as providing an opportunity to crew an additional wholetime fire appliance during peak times where fire cover is depleted and bolstering provision of crewing at on-call stations. They would also deliver fire protection and community safety activities in rural communities.

In the evenings when the demand is lower, the rescue vehicle would remain available but would only be crewed by firefighters when it was needed.