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SCC Working Group To Address Adverse Inspector’s Report on Surrey Fire & Rescue Service

Published on: 16 Feb, 2019
Updated on: 18 Feb, 2019

Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck. Photo – Surrey County Council

By Rebecca Curley

local democracy reporter

A working group of councillors has been set up to address damning findings from an inspector’s report into Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.

The group will address concerns raised in an inspection report published in December 2018 which rated the county’s fire service inadequate.

Members of the group will compile a report on how the service is performing and on any areas it feels needs more attention and present it to Surrey County Council cabinet members in the summer.

The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service  found “serious concerns” with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service and its effectiveness and efficiency.

Inspectors concluded the service needed to “keep people safe from fire and other emergencies more effectively” and must improve on how it responds to and prevents fires.

The report, published on December 20, also said the service needs to improve how it looks after its people and should be more affordable.

Councillors on SCC’s environment select committee agreed in a meeting just before the findings of the inspection were made public that a working group should be set up.

And a report updating the progress of setting up the group will be presented to committee members on Friday, February 22.

Papers for the meeting say a savings target of £2 million for 2020/21 is “unlikely to be achieved” and that the working group will “utilise its role as a critical friend to challenge policy-makers and decision-makers and drive service-wide improvements”.

Recommendations from the group will be submitted to the environment select committee and cabinet members later in the year.

Surrey was the first fire service in the country to try out an electric fire engine in November last year.

The Rosenbauer Concept Fire Truck barely has any exhaust emissions.

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