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PCC John Campion has welcomed the Government’s ‘Reforming Our Fire and Rescue Services’ paper after it was laid before Parliament today.

The Government’s intention, through this paper and consultation, is to strengthen fire and rescue services by addressing reform and governance – ultimately protecting public safety and ensuring they are getting the support and service they should expect.

PCC John Campion said: “I welcome the publication of the ‘Reforming Our Fire and Rescue Service’ paper.

“I’m pleased to see that the Government is focusing on delivering reform to ultimately protect public safety. I’m also pleased to see that accountable governance has been highlighted within the paper which will ensure those who put their lives on the line, to protect and serve their communities, have the support they need.

“I welcome the Government including a consultation within the paper – allowing the voice of the communities to come through. I will be taking part myself, and I would urge others to have their say too.

“Debate about the potential changes to the governance arrangements of fire services in West Mercia has been going on for a number of years. Communities have been left wondering about the outcome, and why those promised improvements around local benefits haven’t been delivered. I look forward to this being progressed through this Government white paper.”

The paper, and consultation, can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1074948/DRAFT_WP_consultation_HO_template_110522.pdf