Businesses could be charged for call-outs to false alarms, as part of radical proposals to change the way in which Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue operates.
The service have produced a seven-point summary of proposed changes, which are now subject to an 11 week public consultation running until May 16.
One of the seven key proposals is titled ‘Introduce a cost recovery process for attendance to unwanted fire signals’, and refers to commercial premises with automatic fire alarms which repeatedly call the fire service out on false calls.
The summary states: “With an increase in the installation of automatic fire alarm and detection systems in commercial premises, there has also been an increase in the number of false alarms."
Another key proposal is to reduce the number of Rescue Support Units (RSUs) in Lincolnshire, from two down to one. These units are mobilised to provide additional support for complex incidents including breathing apparatus, chemical decontamination and road traffic collisions - but the proposal suggests that only one RSU is now required in the Service, given the fact that some of the specialist equipment is now available on frontline fire engines.
A further proposal involves developing the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project (JACP) alongside their partners at East Midlands Ambulance Service and LIVES. Following a successful 12 month pilot of the project, it is proposed that the JACP continues to operate from the three existing locations and expand to five other fire stations around the county.
The public consultation will run from March 1 until May 16.
Public information events will be held in Lincoln, Grantham and Skegness next month.