Posted: Tuesday 19th June 2018
Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:
“The Cabinet of Hertfordshire County Council today (Monday 18 June) renewed their opposition to the latest submission from the Police and Crime Commissioner seeking to take over the governance of Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service.
We remain convinced that the PCC’s business case is flawed, as its proposed savings are based on inaccurate comparisons and untested assumptions. It also proposes generating income from changes to the location of several fire stations that have not been considered in the context of the operational risks that the fire service needs to manage, including the significant growth in new housing planned over the next twenty years.
Any proposals for re-configuration of fire stations should only be considered as part of a comprehensive plan for assessing and managing risk, and therefore we object to proposals based on mainly financial grounds or due to potential proximity between police and fire premises.
Cabinet agreed that we will be writing to the Home Office to make clear our objections to the PCC’s proposal and to again highlight the flaws in his business case.”