West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) are carrying out a public consultation on whether West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) should be run by the WMCA in the future. The public consultation, started on 11th January and runs until March the 8th. It follows an independent appraisal of how WMFS is currently run and governed.

Following this appraisal it was felt the WMCA would be the best option in helping the fire service meet its overarching vision: Making the West Midlands Safer, Stronger and Healthier and meet government expectations of the fire sector and other blue light services.

Benefits of moving under the Combined Authority include a more joined up way of working with local authorities, health providers and the police, while having a shared vision for the region. In addition, public services will be delivered at a reduced cost in a more coordinated, integrated and collaborative way. If the changes were to be agreed, the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, would become the single point of accountability for the fire service and the Chief Fire Officer would report directly to the Mayor.

We would like your support to assist in publicising the public consultation with colleagues and constituents.

The consultation questionnaire and corresponding background documents can be accessed by visiting here. Paper copies of the consultation will also be available at a number of public locations. It can also be downloaded from the WMCA website. We need to hear your voice and the voice of all of our communities to set our direction and governance.

To find out more, you will have the opportunity to attend any of the information session which are being carried out at the following venues:

Consultation Information Date in Wolverhampton:

Wolverhampton:      Thursday 8th March at Wolverhampton Fire Station, Merridale Street, Wolverhampton WV3 0RE
Times:                       10.00 am – 11:00 am Councillors and local authority leads.
11:30 am -12:30 pm Partners, voluntary agencies and Local authority managers.
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm General Public and visitors
 

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