fire chiefs are giving South Yorkshire residents their say on whether firefighters should have a response time target to get to incidents.
The consultation period was launched by South Yorkshire Fire Authority yesterday after it emerged the county’s fire service had never met a self-set target of reaching 80 per cent of all emergency incidents within six minutes.
The fire service has put forward three response time target options for public consultation and a final decision will be made later in the year.
Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said: “We always aim to get to every incident as quickly and as safely as possible, 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 about exactly what they expect from us in terms of a response time, and what we realistically can deliver with the 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 that having a response time target helps to make us accountable to the public, and provides people reassurance about the service they receive.”
A consultation document will be published later this week.