GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service wants you to have a
say in how your fire and rescue service works in the future.
The Service has announced plans to change the way they judge the
risk of fire in your area and how they tell you about their
GMFRS has launched a post code checker on their website so you
can check how fast firefighters would reach you in an
The checker is part of GMFRS' consultation process to finalise
the way it will provide emergency fire cover and protect
communities in the future.
GMFRS wants to focus on smaller areas when they try to work out
how likely it is that people will suffer a fire or another
emergency in their home
Instead of focusing on council wards GMFRS wants to look at
As well as proposing to focus on smaller areas GMFRS also wants
to use levels of poverty and commercial fires when they work out
the likelihood of an emergency in your neighbourhood.
This change ensures GMFRS uses the same methods as other fire
and rescue services in the region.
All the changes proposed by GMFRS are included in the Service's
Corporate Plan 2013 to 2016.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr
David Acton, said: "It's very important that we are open, honest
and transparent about the reality of our response times.
"This post code checker is great way for us to tell the people
of Greater Manchester how quickly we would get to them in an
"Over the last eight years we have saved more than Â£150m and
improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the Service.
"This change to the way we assess the risks faced by communities
in Greater Manchester is a big part of our drive to be even more
efficient in the future.
"Our Corporate Plan 2013 to 2016 has some great information
about our successes.
"The introduction of a Post Incident Team to help people after
fires, our volunteering programme and apprenticeships are just some
of our achievements this year.
"I would urge you to have a look at our plans for the future and
tell us what you think of them - we want real feedback from the
people we serve to influence our plans."
The consultation period for GMFRS' Corporate Plan 2013 to 2016
is open until May 6, 2013.
For more information about the GMFRS' Corporate Plan 2013 to
2016 and details of how to respond visit