The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Programme for Change Outline Business Case lays the foundations for a stronger organisation that is focused on keeping communities safe and delivering a sustainable, affordable, frontline first emergency service.
GMFRS is currently facing a number of significant challenges that must be addressed and there are inevitably some difficult decisions to be made. The contents of this document set out the future vision for the service, focusing on frontline delivery, maximising fire cover with available resources, and providing better public value to the communities of Greater Manchester.
The proposals seek to protect the frontline, enhance firefighter safety, keep more firefighters in communities, whilst having a minimal impact on performance and maintaining response times.
Firefighters sit at the heart of these proposals, and will be supported by an organisation which has a culture of trust, respect and accountability, together with improved working conditions, modern facilities and better training and equipment.
The Programme for Change has come from a number of factors, including the response to the Manchester Arena attack, the Kerslake Report and concerns raised by firefighters with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.
A public consultation on a number of the areas within the Outline Business Case will be launched over the coming weeks on www.gmconsult.org and will seek views about our proposals to –
• Merge six fire stations in Greater Manchester and invest in new state of the art stations
• Provide a focus on firefighter training, equipment and facilities
• Reduce the overall number of fire engines
• Increase the emphasis on place-based working with our partnerships
For up to date news on the launch of the consultation, please follow @manchesterfire