Risk Review and What it Means
It’s taken about four years to plan and included a very long and detailed public consultation, resulting in a lot of changes to the initial draft plan that’s designed to set out final proposals for the fire Authority, covering frontline capability and activity based crewing.
I have always said that I won’t support anything that I think increases risk for the residents of Hampshire. I and fellow fire authority members make a decision about the plans next Wednesday. Even, on that day, we will listen to some final deputations before voting on the matter.
Although I am required to consider the interests of all the people in Hampshire, not unnaturally, the people who read this are most likely to be concerned about any proposed changes affecting Totton & Marchwood.
In Totton, there are no changes proposed from the consultation. The fire station is crewed by on-call fire fighters, with 10 full time equivalent posts. The same is true of Hythe.
For Hythe, the average response time is 7minutes, 36 seconds. It will be 7 minutes 20 seconds in future. In Totton, the average response time is 8 minutes 41 seconds. It will be 8 minutes 29 seconds in future.
New operating methods, including the use of smaller vehicles for some jobs, as well as different fire fighting capabilities, should ensure a better service. One very strong positive is the proposed use of a high pressure lance that will mean a far safer working method for the firefighters themselves.