Public meetings on fire service cuts

Local residents are being encouraged to attend meetings organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service concerning proposals to change the way the service responds to incidents.

Last month the authority set out options for change to its operational response service for the next three years.

This followed a detailed review to balance the community risk in Tyne and Wear with a significant reduction in government funding.

The service has organised two public meetings for each of the five local authority areas in Tyne and Wear to allow the public to have their say as part of the consultation process.

In North Tyneside there will be a meeting at Whitley Bay library in York Road on Tuesday, November 19, from 10am until 11.30am, and at Wallsend Town Hall in High Street East on Tuesday, November 26, from 6pm until 7.30pm.

Chief fire officer Tom Capeling, from Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I would encourage local residents and businesses to come along to one of the meetings to find out more about the options and to let us know what they think about them.”