Young Essex Assembly find out more about Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Nine members of the Young Essex Assembly spent the day with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service last month to help us gather young people’s views on the Service as part of our engagement on the proposed priorities for the county’s first Fire and Rescue Plan.
You can see what they thought and how they got on in this short film:
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is developing a Fire and Rescue Plan that sets out his vision and priorities for the delivery of fire and rescue services in Essex. The plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.
Over the summer, Mr Hirst has been working with fire and rescue service employees, Essex partners, representatives from local authorities and other blue light organisations, such as the ambulance service and the police, to develop the themes and priorities the draft plan includes.
Essex residents can have their say here: www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/FireRescuePlan
The survey is open until January 15. Hard copies are available on request. Please contact the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email [email protected] You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB. Copies are also available in libraries.
Mr Hirst said: “A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.
“I am developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I now want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.”
Jo Turton, Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The Service has been working closely with the Commissioner to develop the draft plan. It is important that people have their say. This plan needs to be right for our Service and right for the people of Essex. This document will then shape our Service’s Integrated Risk Management Plan – how we deliver the Fire and Rescue Plan priorities and make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”
The Young Essex Assembly is the youth council for Essex and gives members the opportunity to have an influence on issues affecting young people in the county. Elected members are aged 11 to 19 and mirror the number of county councillors in Essex, with 75 seats representing various parts of the county. Members are in office for a period of two years (currently February 2017 until January 2019) and, supported by Essex County Council’s Youth Service, are encouraged to campaign for changes they believe will benefit the lives of their peers.