Affordable fire and rescue services for North Wales
NORTH WALES FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY
would like to invite you to take part in shaping how fire and rescue services should be developed in North Wales over the next few years.
As in previous years, the Fire and Rescue Authority has drafted some improvement objectives that we will be trying to achieve from April 2017 onwards, but before we formally adopt those objectives we are inviting people to submit their views for consideration.
With money for running public services in short supply the Authority faces increasingly difficult decisions about the services it provides now and in future.
We have an excellent record of managing our money and have continued to deliver our services to high standards despite significant cost-cutting. We have also been demonstrating that prevention really is better than cure – far fewer people suffer from fires in North Wales these days because of our commitment to educating and supporting people to keep themselves safe.
However, that success is not enough – we must keep trying to improve services as well as considering the wellbeing of future generations of people in North Wales. Moreover, we have to consider the costs involved – there would be little point in planning a service that is going to be unaffordable.
As an Authority for the whole of North Wales our concern is for the whole area and the whole population. This is an important consultation – what do you think? Do you think we are making the right choices? Is there anything that we haven’t considered that you think would make a difference?
The more people get involved, the better our prospects of achieving the right balance of services. You can find out more on our website www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk, by following @northwalesfire and via www.facebook.com/northwalesfireservice – a consultation questionnaire will be open shortly. The deadline for responses is 12th December 2016.
The Authority will consider its future plans in light of the responses received before the deadline above and publish the final 2017-18 Improvement Plan on its website by 31st March 2017.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.
Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies, Chair of North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority