Have your say on West Sussex fire service plans

West Sussex fire SUS-140306-164242001
West Sussex fire SUS-140306-164242001

THERE is still time to comment on changes to how West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is run.

Residents and businesses have until Saturday, August 23, to take part in the county wide public consultation, ahead of a West Sussex County Council decision in September.

The proposals aim to improve the service across the county while saving £1.6m from its budget for 2015/16.

The plans include keeping all fire stations open, but changing the way fire engines are crewed.

There will be new shift patterns and a reduction in the overall number of staff, including firefighters. It plans to keep the same number of immediate response fire engines, but move one from a temporary base to a permanent location and remove some second, and one third, appliance.

Full copies of the consultation document are available at West Sussex libraries and district and borough council offices.

Electronic copies, and all the supporting technical documentation, are available on the West Sussex County Council website.

Residents can fill out an online questionnaire or write to: Have Your Say, Future Fire Rescue, Freepost RSBK-CHTU-KGGG WSCC, Chichester,

PO19 1RQ.

You can also make your views known by email futurefirerescue@westsussex.gov.uk or by phone: 01243 752460.