January 2020 eNewsletter - FiRELiNK


Welcome to the January edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter

2020/21 Budget Consultation - Last chance to have your say

Safe and well visitCheshire Fire Authority is seeking views on its proposal to increase its share of council tax by 1.99% for 2020/2021.

The increase of 1.99% would see the precept levied by Cheshire Fire Authority on the average band D property in Cheshire increase by £1.55 per year (approximately 3p per week) to £79.29.

This would enable the Authority to continue to maintain fire prevention, protection and emergency response services across Cheshire when considering additional costs from inflation, fuel, equipment and other day-to-day running costs.

In addition, the Authority also face cost pressures associated with support to front line services, such as improvements to its IT infrastructure and the repair and maintenance of fire hydrants.

The Authority has also undertaken a review of the whole Service, which has identified proposals to improve how it prevents and protects communities from, and responds to, fire and other emergencies.   Subject to the outcome of the consultation on these proposals, which is currently underway, this will mean investing in better equipment and additional vehicles. Much of this investment is being met by realigning current budgets to prioritise essential expenditure.     

This consultation on the Authority’s 2020/2021 budget will run until Monday 3 February 2020. You can provide your views by completing the short survey below:

Cheshire Fire Authority 2020/2021 Budget Consultation (opens in new window)

Members of Cheshire Fire Authority will consider the results of this consultation at the meeting of the Authority on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

Find out more - 2020/21 Budget Consultation

Give us your views on our Draft IRMP 2020-2024

draft IRMP 2020-2024Cheshire Fire Authority has now published its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) covering the period from 2020 to 2024.

The plan provides information on the risks facing Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and details how the organisation is structured and operates to mitigate these risks. It also details how Cheshire Fire Authority is funded and outlines plans over the next four years, which include:

  • Extending Safe and Well home visits to focus interventions for a broader range of vulnerable people

  • Working with public sector partners to create a strategic road safety plan that will have real impact on reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

  • Reviewing our risk based inspection programme.

  • Launch a Service-wide campaign aimed at owners and occupiers of Houses in Multiple Occupation.

  • Replace the Authority’s third aerial appliance with a new High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) vehicle.

  • Introduce a Day Crewing duty system at Wilmslow Fire Station

  • Move the second fire engine at Ellesmere Port to Powey Lane Fire Station and move the current fire engine at Powey Lane back to Chester Fire Station.

  • Introduce a fleet of 13 Rapid Response Rescue Units at our on-call fire stations.

  • Review our water response provision, including potentially investing in a large water carrier, which could be based at Ellesmere Port Fire Station.

  • Develop our capacity to respond to wild fires

Please use the link below to view a copy of the full Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2020-2024 and a summary:

Draft IRMP 2020-24 (new window, PDF 4630KB)

Draft summary for IRMP 2020-24 (new window, PDF 8877KB)

We are now consulting on key proposals within our Plan. The consultation is open until Friday 20 March 2020 and we would welcome any views you may have. Please take the opportunity to fill in this online survey through the link below:

Draft IRMP 2020-2024 survey (opens in new window)

Find out more - Give us your views on our Draft IRMP 2020-2024 

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Last updated: Wednesday 29 January 2020