RESIDENTS can now have their say on plans to make Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service fit for the future.
The public consultation on the GMFRS Programme for Change Outline Business will run until May 31.
You can give your views on the plan at www.gmconsult.org.
The public are being consulted with on two specific areas, these are:
Our proposal to consolidate six fire stations into three brand new, state-of-the-art community fire stations in Bolton, Manchester and Stockport
Our proposal to manage our fleet of fire engines, whilst ensuring that we still have a response time that is faster than the national average
The Programme for Change is a major transformation project for GMFRS with the aim of ensuring the service has the right resources in the right places, is well-equipped, well-managed, and well-led.
By 2022 we need to make efficiency savings of £12.8million and these proposals will help us to meet this, whilst helping us to develop a service both for the future and fit to service the communities of Greater Manchester.
Chief Fire Officer Jim Wallace said: “The proposals we are consulting on are essential to ensure GMFRS is fit for the future and to serve the communities of Greater Manchester. As such, it is important those communities are involved in this process and get a chance to have their say.
“Our approach throughout this process has always been one of ‘listen, learn and change’ and this consultation is a vital part of that. I would urge anyone who has a view on what we are proposing to get involved through this consultation.”
As well as encouraging the public to have their say, we are also engaging with staff on the proposals.
The feedback gathered from the staff and public consultation will then be considered before the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, signs off any final plans for the future of the service for implementation.