Reminder to give views on fire service

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Residents are being reminded to give their views on proposed fire and rescue service changes before the consultation deadline.

Northumberland County Council has been consulting on proposed changes to Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service since November.

The service has to save £500,000 in 2016/17, on top of the £1.5m already cut over the last two years as a result of reduction in the council’s budget by central Government.

Residents are being encouraged to have their say as part of the consultation before it closes on Monday, February 15.

Senior officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service will be attending the January area committee meetings as part of the consultation process, on Monday, January 13, at 6pm at Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare Institute, and 6pm on Thursday, January 14, at Morpeth Town Hall.

Dave Ledger, chair of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Authority and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We truly value the opinion of Northumberland residents and so we are encouraging people to tell us what they think of the proposed changes through the consultation process if they haven’t already.”

For further information on the consultation and to take part in the online survey visit the public fire consultations area of the Northumberland County Council website.