Essex Police and Crime Commissioner 'could control fire service as well as police'

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

The Essex police and crime commissioner could become the first in the country to control the fire service as well as the police.

Roger Hirst has just launched a public consultation into the changes that could see the end of the Essex fire authority, with the fire service instead reporting directly to him.

Bringing the two emergency services together could result in savings of up to £23-million, which he says would all go back into frontline services.

Essex fire and rescue service is currently governed by the Essex Fire Authority, made up of 25 elected members.

The PCC says the proposal would strengthen the emergency services - leading to improvements in effectiveness and delivering up to 23 million pounds in savings which would be put back into frontline services.

However, Essex Fire Brigades Union has reacted cautiously to the proposals.

A public consultation on the proposals has been launched until 10 May.

A public consultation on the plans has been launched. Credit: ITV News Anglia