MEMBERS of the public are being urged to share their views on further collaboration between Cambridgeshire and Suffolk fire and rescue services, up to a full merger.
A three-month public consultation is underway to gauge how people feel about further collaboration or a merger in principle, providing it would bring about significant savings and help protect the number of frontline firefighters.
People can find out more and make their views known either online at www.cambsfire.gov.uk or by picking up a hard copy of the consultation pack and survey at Cambridgeshire’s libraries and fire stations from next week.
Alternatively a hard copy of the consultation pack can be posted to residents, if they contact the fire service on 01480 444500. The closing date for the consultation will be January 14, 2013.
Once everyone’s views have been received, the results of the consultation will be fed back to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, ready for its meeting in February in which members will make a final decision.
If councillors from both the Fire Authority and Suffolk’s Cabinet agree to further collaboration, work can begin immediately. If they agree to a full merger, a decision will still be required by Central Government before the merger is given permission.
Fred Brown, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority said: “We want to gauge what people think about this important decision and to find out if they would be happy for further collaboration, or a merged fire and rescue service, if it would save a significant amount of money and protect the number of frontline firefighters employed.
“We are happy to hear all opinions, whether positive or negative and they will be fed back to members to inform them in making a final decision in the New Year.”