Posted: Thursday 24th January 2019
At Cabinet on 18 June, the county council responded to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s latest business case that has been sent to the Home Secretary proposing that the governance of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue moves over to the PCC.
The county council continue to oppose this move and consider the PCC’s business case unviable and the proposed savings are based on untested assumptions. The PCC 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 fifteen 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. Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety will be writing to the Home Office to make clear our objections to the PCC’s proposal and to again highlight the concerns we have with the business case.