Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) Public Consultation: Resource Review

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) would like to let you know that the Service have launched a public consultation exercise on the Service’s Resource Review proposals. The Service would like to encourage individuals and organisations to share their views on the proposals which we have set out in a Resource Review Consultation Document along with an accompanying Data Pack and short questionnaire. The consultation closes on 4th March 2024 and results and recommendations will be reported to the Fire Authority in June later this year.

The Resource Review examines the arrangement of operational response resources and considers how this can be improved. This Resource Review aims to ensure that HWFRS is making best use of its available resources, funding, and to assure the Fire Authority, stakeholders and the community that it is providing the most effective service possible across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Please note there is no proposal to close any of the Services 25 fire stations or reduce the crewing or emergency cover of the first fire engine, at any of the 25 locations. The introduction of the proposals in this Review would provide a more effective and efficient use of its resources and all the resources realised as part of the proposals will be reinvested in front line fire engine staff.

You can read more about the proposals in the Resource Review Consultation Document which is available on the Service website. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) document will also be available through the website.

To help to gather views, we have engaged an independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS) to carry out the consultation for us. They have prepared a separate online questionnaire document, which should only take about 10 minutes to complete. You can access the questionnaire here.

During the consultation, ORS will also meet with a cross-section of residents and stakeholders to discuss the proposals in more detail.
We’d like to encourage your organisation to consider the proposals and respond to the consultation. Please feel free to share the consultation with your wider community to help to ensure we get a good cross-section of views to consider.

If you have any questions, would like any further information or to arrange some time to discuss in more detail, please contact us directly using our email address.