Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Consultation
Published: 04 March 2019
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Consultation 4th March 2019 – 26th
A 12-week public consultation about Surrey’s fire and rescue service is
being held from4th March 2019 – 26th May 2019.
Outlined in the Fire Authority’s ‘Making Surrey Safer plan’, are the
following three proposals for change:
• Spending more time on community and business safety to help prevent
emergencies occurring in the first place. When firefighters and fire engines
aren’t needed at 999 calls, we will be undertaking more community safety work.
Much of this is done during the day when people are
at school, work, home and most active in the community, some of this would also
be done during night shifts.
• Maintaining the number of fire stations in Surrey
and changing how some of them are crewed. Independently verified risk-analysis
shows that we need 20 fire engines during the day and 16 at night to keep
Surrey safe. Our proposal would mean we have more fire engines than we need -
this additional capacity allows extra resilience for larger and longer
emergencies as well as training and practice in the increasing variety of
emergencies firefighters now respond to.
• Recovering costs from some non-emergencies to
re-invest in SFRS. We are looking at charging for some 999 calls such as false
reports of fire and animal rescues, to re-invest into our service.
The proposals and how to respond to the consultation are explained in detail