Last chance to have say on fire response times

Pictured is Deputy Chief Fire Officer of South Yorks Jamie Courtney
Pictured is Deputy Chief Fire Officer of South Yorks Jamie Courtney
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Residents have less than a week to give their views on how quickly fire crews should respond in an emergency.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service could scrap or extend its current target of reaching 80 per cent of life-threatening incidents within six minutes after it was revealed that the brigade has never met the benchmark in over six years.

A third option, to have different response times for different communities depending on their level of fire risk, is also included in a report open to public consultation until next Monday, June 24.

The plans will go before the fire authority in September.

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said fire deaths and injuries had fallen to record lows in the county despite the target never being met.

“We always aim to get to every incident as quickly and as safely as possible and that will never change,” he said. “But given the Government cuts to our budget and the possibility of further cuts, we are genuinely concerned about the impact on the frontline.

“We want to have an honest and open debate with the people we serve about exactly what they expect from us in terms of a response time, and what we realistically can deliver with resources available.

“When it comes to our success at reducing deaths and injuries from fires, response times are clearly not the deciding factor.

“But we recognise having a response time target helps make us accountable to the public, and gives people reassurance about the service.”

n To take part in the consultation visit www.syfire.gov.uk or write to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG.