Plans for police chief to lead fire services fail to impress union chairman
- Credit: Norfolk Fire Service/Brian Walsh
Government proposals to put Police and Crime Commissioners in charge of local fire services have been branded 'wishy-washy' and 'pointless' by the chairman of the Norfolk branch of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
Norfolk FBU chairman Pete Greeves, said the system by which police, fire, and ambulance services co-operate is working well as it is.
The Government's announcement came two days after Norfolk County Council revealed plans to close between two and 11 fire stations in Norfolk in an attempt to cut a £111m funding gap over the next three years.
The EDP has pledged to fight the station closure proposals and the 'Save Our Stations' campaign is battling to fight for the safety of our communities.
Launching a public consultation, home secretary Theresa May said Police and Crime Commissioners could bring greater local accountability to fire services because they are elected by the public.
You may also want to watch:
She said: 'We want to ensure that the public has a real say in the way that emergency services are delivered in their area.
'Directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners can provide this, with their clear local accountability and strong incentive to pursue ambitious reform to improve local services and deliver value for money.'
- 1 County welcomes tankers but motorists continue to queue for fuel
- 2 Latest situation on fuel sees more queues despite continued assurances
- 3 Jailed in Norfolk: Paedophiles and man caught with £15k of cannabis
- 4 Revealed: Where most parking tickets have been issued in Norfolk
- 5 Controversy reignited over 300 home scheme on edge of Norwich
- 6 Roadworks to be aware of in Norfolk this week
- 7 'It's looking bleak' - City taxi firms respond to panic-buying at the pumps
- 8 Key workers share 'unnecessary and frustrating' impact of panic-buying
- 9 Huge seaside home with indoor pool for sale for £600,000
- 10 Norfolk wakes up to empty pumps – despite assurances of ‘ample fuel stocks’
But Mr Greeves was not impressed by the plans.
He said: 'I'm not sure the police commissioners would properly understand how the fire service works.
'I would rather the authorities spent their time and money helping local fire stations.
'We work with the police and ambulance services at emergency rescue scenes and the higher echelons of the agencies are always talking to each other.
'We can improve our work together but we don't need this.'
Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner is Stephen Bett, a former Conservative councillor.
The consultation ends on October 23.
What do you think of the Government's proposal?
Contact our public affairs correspondent by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org