CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service’s plans for the next four years will be publicised at an event in Northwich on Wednesday.

Residents are being invited to share their views on the draft version of the service’s Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2020 to 2024.

The action plan sets out how Cheshire Fire Authority intends to address some of the challenges it will face in the coming years.

Cllr Bob Rudd, chairman of the fire authority, said: “It is important that residents do get involved with this consultation and share their views.

“Their feedback really helps us to shape the future of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.”

This consultation will aim to get people’s views on a range of proposals.

They include replacing one of the service’s aerial appliances and a fire engine with a modern firefighting vehicle that does the job of both.

It would also see a fleet of 13 rapid rescue response units (RRRUs) rolled out, as well as expanding ‘Safe and Well’ visits to include single adult and lone parent households.

A review of the risk-based inspection programme is also proposed, to ‘ensure that fire safety regulations are complied with and are prioritised on the premises that pose the greatest risk to life’.

Mark Cashin, chief fire officer, said: “We maintain a strong focus on both the safety of our communities and our firefighters. I would really like people to get involved with this consultation and share their thoughts about the direction we are planning to take as a Service.

“They can do that either online or by visiting one of our roadshows which are being held across the county in January, February and March.”

A consultation event takes place at Asda Barons Quay from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, January 15.

See the full proposal and have your say online at – search ‘Have Your Say’.