Residents can have their say on fire changes

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PUBLIC meetings have been organised by fire chiefs in South Yorkshire for residents to ask questions about a proposal to scrap the response time target for firefighters.

Crews have a target of six minutes to get to incidents where lives are at risk, but bosses say the target is met in only 80 per cent of cases.

They are now considering axing the target altogether.

Residents are being asked to comment on three options - getting rid of the target, revising it, or setting different targets for different areas.

A fire service spokesman said: “It is important to be clear that, whatever the target, we will always attend every life-threatening incident as quickly and safely as we can.

“The consultation is based around our emergency response time target, which is currently to attend 80 per cent of life-threatening incidents within six minutes. This target was set in 2006 and has proven impossible to achieve.

“Government funding cuts mean we are even less likely to be able to achieve it in the future.”

Public meetings are to be held at Rotherham Market and the All Saints Centre in the town on May 14, The Core on County Way, Barnsley, on May 29, Voluntary Action Sheffield on May 30, and The Mansion House, Doncaster, on June 4.

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