Fire Cover Review
Consultation on proposals arising from our Fire Cover Review ran between Monday 1 August and Sunday 13 November 2011.
On Friday 16 December, the Fire Authority received a report on the feedback from staff and members of the public during consultation (see 'Related Documents') and took decisions on the changes to fire cover to be introduced. These will be implemented over the next three to four years.
The Fire Cover Review was a detailed and comprehensive look at frontline services across the whole of Nottinghamshire. It was published in February 2011 after nearly a year spent reviewing the risks and analysing data from five years’ worth of incidents.
It was the first time in more than 20 years that we considered – on this scale – the people, equipment and vehicles available and where they are located. The type, location and number of incidents have changed significantly in that time. For example:
- We are called to 35% fewer emergencies than 10 years ago.
- ‘Large’ incidents are few and far between.
- 70% of incidents can be dealt with effectively by one fire crew/engine and 99% can be managed by three crews/engines or less.
- On average, we have six fire crews responding to emergency calls at any one time, day or night. This currently leaves 30 crews of firefighters available if they are needed.
We therefore updated our view of the number and type of resources (people, vehicles, equipment and stations) we need, and where they should be located to provide the most efficient service across the whole county for the future. The result was the proposal for changes to fire cover in Nottinghamshire that we consulted upon.
Proposals included upgrading the cover in some areas of the county and introducing new types of vehicle better-suited to tackling the smaller incidents that we see more of. They also included closing some retained sections, but we were confident that sufficient cover could be provided in other ways, not least because a wholetime crew would remain based at that location and cover would be available from neighbouring crews.
To find out more about the background and detail to these proposals, please look under 'Related Documents'.
All responses to the consultation were handled and analysed by an independent research company – Opinion Research Services. You can read the full report of feedback received during consultation in 'Related Documents'