On behalf of North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, I 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 they will be trying to achieve from April 2017 onwards, but before they formally adopt those objectives they 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.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has an excellent record of managing their money and has continued to deliver their services to high standards despite significant cost-cutting. They have also been demonstrating that prevention really is better than cure – far fewer people suffer from fires in North Wales these days because of their commitment to educating and supporting people to keep themselves safe.

As an Authority for the whole of North Wales their concern is for the whole area and the whole population. This is an important consultation – what do you think? Do you think they are making the right choices? Is there anything that they haven’t considered that you think would make a difference?  

The more people get involved, the better their prospects of achieving the right balance of services. You can find out more on their 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 consultation document ‘Affordable fire and rescue services for North Wales’ can be found here. You can view their video explaining the objectives here.

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.