Essex’s Fire and Rescue Plan to be discussed

ESSEX’S first ever Fire and Rescue Plan will be discussed by members of the Police, Fire and Crime Panel at their meeting next week (Feb 7th). Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, has been developing a Fire and Rescue Plan that sets out the vision and priorities for the delivery of fire and rescue services in Essex. The plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.

Last summer, Mr Hirst worked with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service employees, Essex partners, representatives from local authorities and other blue light organisations, such as the ambulance service and the police and counterparts from the voluntary sectors, to develop the themes and priorities that this plan includes.

The PFCC also carried out a public survey which was completed by more than 2,800 people. The results were independently analysed and show overwhelming support for the priorities proposed.

The eight priorities are:

Enhance prevention, protection and response
Promote a positive culture in the workplace
Develop and broaden the roles and range of activities undertaken by the Service
Help the vulnerable to stay safe
Collaborate with our partners
Be transparent, open and accessible
Improve safety on our roads
Make best use of our resources

Roger Hirst said: “For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build well-being and prosperity for all. This requires all emergency services to work well together, to be efficient and effective in the service they provide, to prevent incidents wherever possible and to be closely embedded in the communities they serve. The Fire and Rescue Service has a special mission in this, to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.

“I have been developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. The priorities in the plan reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.”

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This Fire and Rescue Plan has helped us in setting eight priorities that will prepare us for future challenges. It is an important document that has set the foundation in developing our operational plans and activities for the next five years.”

Jo added: “This is an exciting time for our sector and I am very proud to be leading Essex County Fire and Rescue Service into what I believe will be a bright future – in which we will do more than ever to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”

You can view the Plan and Survey Report here:

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