Have your say on fire plan

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

There is less than a month left to have your say on pro­posed changes to the gov­er­nance of Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ja­son Able­white is look­ing to take over the ser­vice’s gov­er­nance, although he has met op­po­si­tion from the Cam­bridgeshire Fire Author­ity who he would re­place if suc­cess­ful.

Mr Able­white said: “Over 1,700 re­sponses have now been re­ceived on the con­sul­ta­tion. Thank you if you are one of them. If you have not fed back your views then there is still time.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween blue light ser­vices in Cam­bridgeshire is al­ready strong. This pro­posal is not a takeover of fire and res­cue ser­vices, or a merger of the roles of po­lice of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers. The dis­tinc­tion be­tween op­er­a­tional polic­ing and fire­fight­ing will be main­tained.

“I be­lieve that by tak­ing over the gov­er­nance ar­range­ments from the coun­cil run fire author­ity I can pro­vide greater ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency of both po­lice and fire ser­vices and can max­imise front-line re­sources and im­prove pub­lic safety.

“What this means in prac­tice is that I will be re­spon­si­ble for such things as de­ci­sions on how Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spends its bud­get and whether new fire ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties should be built or shared with other emer­gency ser­vices.”

A short on­line sur­vey can be found at: www.cam­bridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/fire.”

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