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September has also seen the Firefighter Recruits complete their initial training which was celebrated with a passing out parade. I am delighted that all
16 of our recruits have made it to the end of their training and I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate every one of them for their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work. I am extremely proud of each and every recruit and I wish them a long and happy career with the Service. There will be photos from the event in the October edition of Hot News.
In other developments since the July edition of Hot News, 1st August saw our move from district to functional delivery with the implementation of the management restructure. This has seen a number of changes with District Manager posts being removed from the organisation. This change has involved a lot of work by staff, including those still out on the districts, and I would like to thank you for your patience and progress to make this change happen.
On 1st September the first meeting of the Joint Fire and Rescue and Police Committee was held. The purpose of the committee is to consider ongoing and potential future collaboration between Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The Committee agreed terms of reference as well as approving a framework (including guiding principles for how work will be carried out) which was recommended jointly by me and the Chief Constable.
I understand that staff may be concerned about the future, but I would like to reassure you all that although work will be undertaken to consider how the Police and Fire and Rescue Service can work more closely together, no decisions have been made yet on if or how any joint working or collaboration will progress. It goes without saying that first and foremost there will need to be a strong business case in terms of making savings whilst maintaining the quality of service delivered before any recommendations over collaboration will be made.
I can also assure you that there will be regular communication to update you all on future developments and progress.
September sees the first public meeting held as part of the 12-week consultation over the proposed merger of Eccleston and St Helens fire stations at a new station on Canal Street. The consultation started on 3rd August and information on the proposals can be found in the consultation document on our service website at: pages/opsResponse/pdf/St_Helens_Consultation_ Document.pdf . The first public meeting takes place on Tuesday, 29th September starting at 6.30pm at Cowley International College, Hard Lane, St Helens, WA10 6PN. There is also a public meeting on
1st October and 6th October. Information on the locations of the second and third public meetings are also included in the consultation document.
The proposals are intended to minimise the impact of the ongoing cuts to the Authority budget and maintain as fast a response as possible to all parts of St Helens area.
The consultation will also involve a stakeholders’ meeting in St Helens, three focus groups and a joint forum.
Following the conclusion of the consultation, a further report will be submitted to the Authority detailing the outcomes of the consultation and any operational implications.

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