As a combined authority, we set our own budget and council tax which is separate to those set by other local authorities. Our funding comes from a central government grant, a precept on the council tax, and a share of business rates.
The Service provides 83 local fire stations across the two counties and employs about 2,000 staff, helping to keep a population of 1.7 million and several thousand visitors to our counties safe. On average, the Service attends about 16,400 incidents every year in addition to prevention activities. These include flooding, road traffic collisions, fires and other emergencies.
Next year, the Service hopes to build even further on prevention and protection activities, continue investing in stations and new vehicles, and improve availability of fire engines by attracting more on call and wholetime firefighters into the Service.
“We want to make sure we give our communities the best service possible. We have ambitious plans to do this by focusing more on preventing incidents while making sure we have the right response available for when emergencies do happen.
The Authority is seeking feedback about the level of council tax precept for the coming year and how satisfied you are with the service we provide, so please use this opportunity to have your say. You can complete it online or if you require this in another format please contact the Communications and Engagement Team on 01392 872347. This consultation finishes on 18 December 2020.