FIREFIGHTERS across South Yorkshire want local residents to have their say on its work - including how quickly they should respond to different types of emergency.

 

On Monday, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue launched an online consultation on how it delivers its service.

 

The varying results will help to plan the team’s services over the next few years.

 

The questionnaire asks for people’s views on expected response times for different incidents.

 

Currently firefighters aim to get to all emergencies as fast as it can, but a national inspection reported that it was undesirable for the service not to have a set of response standards.

 

Chris Kirby, the deputy chief fire officer, said: “Adopting a more risk based approach allows us to ensure we are placing resources in the right places at the right time to best protect the communities we serve.

 

“This includes the work we do around preventing fires, protecting buildings and responding to incidents when they do occur.

 

“We will still aim to get to each emergency as fast as we can, but having a set of response times means we can measure our performance to ensure we are delivering the best possible service to our communities with the resources we have available to us.

 

“We really want to hear from people as to whether they think this is the right approach.”

 

To take part and have your voice hear, click the questionnaire here.