Plans approved to keep Sheffield's second fire engine full-time

Plans approved to secure second fire engine
Plans approved to secure second fire engine
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Sheffield residents have had their say to secure Sheffield's second fire engine.

In addition to this a further two fire engines will be made available full-time in stations around South Yorkshire.

Plans were approved by councillors on March 27 following several weeks of deliberation.

The changes followed a loss of more than £14 million in government funding since 2010.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Martin Blunden, said: “We were pleased that lots of local people came forward to share their views on our proposals and, now they have been approved, we will be working hard to put those plans into action.

“Our vision for the lifetime of this plan is to provide the best possible service to the people of South Yorkshire within the resources which are available to us.

“For us, that means making more of our firefighters available in the day when crews are busiest, changing our prevention work to focus on those most at risk and proactively exploring collaboration opportunities with other emergency services."

All fire and rescue authorities must provide a plan which sets out the steps they will take and the resources they need to improve public safety, reduce fires and save lives.

The service's Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2017-20, which was approved by the Fire Authority, also stated that it would Continue to offer fire prevention guidance to all but they would prioritise free home safety checks for those most at risk.

They also said that they will try to find ways to work more closely with the police and ambulance services as new laws require them to.

The plan also explains how the fire service will respond to the governments efforts to reform the fire service nationally, including requirements to provide a more flexible and diverse workforce.