A say on fire service

A FIRE service is leting people have their say on proposed changes and future plans in the wake of severe spending cuts.

County Durham and Darlington Fire Service launched a 12-week consultation that will allow staff, businesses and local residents to have their say on future services.

The brigade’s Integrated Risk Management Plan will look at improving public safety, despite the sustained cuts in public spending.

Chief executive Susan Johnson said: “The future of public sector service provision is still very challenging, but we are confident that our performance to date and the efficiencies we have already delivered are strong foundations for our vision of Safest People, Safest Places.”

The service hopes to use feedback from the consultation to determine what people think of their plans and how they can improve.

Councillor Gordon Tennant, chairman of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “This consultation plays an important role in helping us to understand what our communities and stake holders think of our future plans.

“We are committed to consulting widely on our plans and we sincerely welcome feedback on what we could do to improve our service and reduce risks in our communities.”

The plan and a questionnaire is available at www.ddfire.gov.uk