We are asking for your views on how the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) should be run in the future.
There are a number of reasons for proposed changes to this vital emergency service, including central government’s public service reform and devolution agendas. Public services across the region have already begun to change and this will continue as West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) progresses.
Last year the WMFS commissioned an independent review of its current governance, considering several models, and identified the WMCA as the best possible future option.
It is believed that governance through the WMCA will create new opportunities for public service improvements.
The WMFS and the WMCA undertook a ‘Governance Review’. This identified specific potential benefits of coming together, including direct, more joined-up working with all seven constituent Metropolitan Councils and closer collaboration with Police and non-constituent councils, on public safety, regional emergency planning and health.
Following this a ‘Scheme’ was prepared, detailing how WMFS would operate within the WMCA and who would be responsible for making decisions.
It is this scheme on which we are seeking your views.
If WMFS were to move under the WMCA, the type of incidents and emergencies you are used to seeing firefighters attend would not change.
Watch our animation or read our FAQ's to find out more and take part in the survey below or print out your own copy here.
If you have any other questions about the consultation please email: ConsultationViews@wmca.org.uk
The consultation will run for eight-weeks from 11 January to 8 March 2018.