Fire response times consultation launched

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Four public meetings are to be held in South Yorkshire to give residents the chance to have their say on fire response targets.

Fire chiefs are considering scrapping the six minute target crews are currently given to respond to 999 calls.

They say the target is ‘impossible’ to meet and only achieved 80 per cent of the time.

As part of the consultation, three response time options have been put forward for public feedback - axing the target and responding to every life-threatening incident ‘as quickly and as safely as possible,’ changing the target to between nine and 11 minutes, and allocating a shorter target time in areas with a higher fire risk and a longer target time in areas of lower risk.

Chief fire officer Jamie Courtney said: “We hope to have open and honest discussions with the people we serve about what they expect from us in terms of a response time and what we can realistically deliver with the resources available.

“Whatever the target, we will always attend every life-threatening incident as quickly and as safely as we can.”

The first event will be at Rotherham Market, Effingham Street, on Tuesday, May 14, from 11am to 5pm.