RESIDENTS in Widnes and Runcorn are being invited to have their say on Cheshire Fire Service's plans for the future.

The Service has launched a draft version of its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2020-2024.

This action plan sets out how Cheshire Fire Authority intends to address some of the challenges it will face over the next four years.

Cllr Bob Rudd, chair of the Fire Authority, said: "It is important that residents do get involved with this consultation and share their views.

"Their feedback really helps us to shape the future of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service."

This consultation will aim to get people's views on a range of proposals, which include:

Unrolling a fleet of 13 rapid rescue response units (RRRUs) to support its on-call capability

Expanding 'Safe and Well' visits to include single adult and lone parent households

Reviewing our risk-based inspection programme to ensure that fire safety regulations are complied with and are prioritised on the premises that pose the greatest risk to life.

Returning a second fire engine to Chester

Replacing one of its aerial appliances and a fire engine with a modern firefighting vehicle that does the job of both

Changing the crewing system at Wilmslow to provide guaranteed, 24/7 cover.

Mark Cashin, chief fire officer for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: "We maintain a strong focus on both the safety of our communities and our firefighters.

"I would really like people to get involved with this consultation and share their thoughts about the direction we are planning to take as a Service.

"They can do that either online or by visiting one of our roadshows which are being held across the county in January, February and March."

If you would like to have your say you can do so by visiting and searching for Have Your Say, where the full draft plan can also be viewed.

Alternatively, you can visit one of the fire service roadshows where you can talk to staff about the full range of proposals:

Wednesday, January 15: Northwich Asda (11am to 1pm).

Friday, January 17: Ellesmere Port Market (11am to 1pm).

Monday, January 20: Wilmslow Sainsburys (11am to 1pm).

Friday, January 24: Birchwood shopping centre (11am to 1pm).

Tuesday, January 28: Runcorn shopping centre (11am to 1pm).

Tuesday, February 4: Congleton Tesco (11am to 1pm).

Wednesday, February 12: Macclesfield Sainsburys (11am to 1pm).

Monday, February 17: Crewe Market Centre (11am to 1pm).

Thursday, February 20: Widnes Morrisons (11am to 1pm).

Monday, February 24: Warrington Golden Square (11am to 1pm).

Thursday, March 5: Chester Tesco (11am to 1pm).