Help us stop further cuts to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has experienced brutal cuts since 2010, with over 17% of firefighter posts slashed. Despite a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) voicing serious concerns about the service's effectiveness and efficiency in keeping people safe, Surrey County Council (SCC) have proposed further cuts to the service.
The proposals would see:
- 70 firefighter posts axed, cutting firefighter numbers by 22% since 2010
- Fire stations in Egham, Painshill and Banstead closed after 18:00
- Fire cover in Guildford, Woking, Camberley and Fordbridge cut in half
Oppose the cuts
The proposed cuts will result in a drastic reduction in night-time fire cover across Surrey. SCC are aware that these plans pose a risk to the safety of some of the most vulnerable groups of people, yet plan to implement cuts nonetheless. SFRS Draft Equality Impact Assessment recognises that the proposals could result in increased response times which would have a greater impact on the elderly and people with disabilities:
“Where response times are increased, there is potential for a negative impact on all areas of the community, as at times of emergency the public will have to wait longer for a fire appliance than the current response. There is evidence to suggest that the people most vulnerable to these outcomes are disproportionately likely to come from certain protected characteristics, the elderly and people with disabilities in particular”.
The proposals offer no improvement in public safety and it is unacceptable that SCC are pushing ahead, despite recognition that there would be a greater risk to residents. The HMICFRS report shows that the service needs greater investment to help keep residents safe – not further cuts.