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More than 1,500 responses received so far as fire consultation enters final week

With a week left to run in the fire service consultation on proposals to make Surrey safer, 1,550 responses have already been received.

The key proposal is for a big increase in prevention work to stop incidents happening in the first place. Firefighters would go into many more homes, schools and workplaces to help people protect themselves from fires and accidents.

Some fire stations would be crewed differently at night – when there is less call on the service – to free up firefighters to do more life-saving prevention work.

There would also be investment in improved technology to speed call-out times 24/7.

Steve Owen-Hughes, Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The proposals in our Making Surrey Safer plan are all about making better use of our resources – not about cutting the service.

“What protects people is stopping fires before they start. Fire prevention work saves lives, especially vulnerable people, and that’s why we’re proposing to carry out four times as many fire prevention visits each year.

“Inspectors have insisted we improve the service and we believe our proposals will help us do that. The proposals also include substantial investment in training crews, new fire engines and new technology which will speed up response times when the service is busiest.

“I’d urge people to take part in our consultation before it closes on May 26. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.”

Click here to read the plan and have your say on our proposals. The consultation runs until 23:59 on Sunday 26 May. Alternatively you can call 03456 009 009 or text 07860 053465 to request a printed copy of the questionnaire.




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