Two new fire stations will open under plans to keep Surrey safe for years to come.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has put forward proposals for new stations at Salfords, near Horley, and Burgh Heath that would mean crews getting to emergencies faster.
They would create a chain of fire engines in east Surrey – stretching from Epsom down to the outskirts of Horley. In between, firefighters would be based at Reigate and the new Burgh Heath station.
The planned new network was drawn up following West Sussex’s decision to remove its fire engine from its station in Horley.
An eight-week consultation for residents to have their say starts on Monday (10 December) and will run until 1 February.
Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Services Kay Hammond said: “Surrey has an excellent fire service and these plans will make sure our firefighters can continue to keep the people who live and work in the east of the county safe in years to come.
“Opening stations in Salfords and Burgh Heath would create a chain of fire engines that would be able to provide cover faster. By investing in these stations, we would be investing in people’s safety.
“The fire service have drawn up these proposals and it is only right that we now give people the opportunity to give us their views. I look forward to hearing from them during the consultation.”
The planned changes would see one of the two fire engines currently based at Epsom moved to Burgh Heath and one of Reigate’s two appliances switched to Salfords.
Until the proposed new Salfords station opens, the fire service will operate from a temporary base nearby.
Surrey County Council performs the role of fire authority.
Residents can give their views by completing a questionnaire at www.surrey-fire.gov.uk/psp, emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 03456 009 009. Alternatively, they can write to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Croydon Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0EJ.