Doncaster meeting over fire response times

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC

People in Doncaster are being urged to have their say today on how quickly the fire service should aim to get to them in an emergency as part of a public consultation on response times.

Anyone attending today’s session at Doncasater Mansion House will be offered a free home safety check and the fitting of smoke alarms.

The fire service is reviewing its current response time target of reaching 80 per cent of life-threatening incidents within six minutes.

This target has proven impossible to achieve since it was set in 2006, and Government funding cuts mean SYFR is unlikely to ever reach the target in the future.

There will be a drop-in session at the Mansion House from 12pm to 5.30pm, and the public meeting is from 6pm to 8pm.

As part of the consultation, three response time options have been put forward for public feedback:

1) No response time target – simply a commitment to attending every life-threatening incident as quickly and as safely as possible

2) A revised countywide target – likely to be in the 9-11 minute range

3) A risk-based target – allocating a shorter target time in areas with a higher fire risk, and a longer target time in areas of lower risk.