CHESHIRE Fire Authority bosses will undertake a further review into the duty system at Wilmslow’s fire station after releasing details of a recent consultation.

At a meeting on February 14 at the service’s headquarters in Winsford, members of the Fire Authority considered all of the feedback received and agreed a number of changes to the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2017/18.

One of the projects for this year includes ‘a further review of the suitability and sustainability of the current duty system at Wilmslow Fire Station’.

The current rota at Wilmslow for firefighters is 12 hours during the day and then on call during the night.

The authority is to discuss if that rota would continue.

Clr Bob Rudd, chair of the authority, said: “We’re grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation we have considered all of the feedback received and are now preparing to implement our updated IRMP from April 1.

“Like many other public services, we are facing some challenging times ahead but we believe our plan maintains a strong focus on both the safety of our communities and our firefighters.”

Members also agreed to increase the service’s council tax precept by 1.99 per cent. This means that the charge for a Band D home will be £73.29 – an increase of £1.43 a year.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock added: “I would like to echo the chair’s comments in thanking people for sharing their views on our plans for the future. It was particularly great to see that 99 per cent of the public value us and 92 per cent are satisfied with our performance. We have a lot of work still to do as there are some big challenges ahead.”