RESIDENTS in the Cotswolds and throughout Gloucestershire are being given another say on the future of the county’s fire and rescue service.

A second consultation into Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Integrated Risk Management Plan 2015-2018 was launched on Thursday, October 1.

The plan includes proposals to change the way the service operates in the Painswick area as well as staffing of fire engines in Cirencester.

The county’s chief fire officer Stewart Edgar said any changes being made as part of the plan did not mean areas of the county would be left without emergency cover.

“By maintaining our focus on prevention and protection initiatives we will continue to reduce the risks to the public in these areas,” he said. “However, we will still be able to offer a first class emergency response when required.”

The amount of fires in Gloucestershire has fallen by 63 per cent in the past 10 years.

Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure Cllr Will Windsor-Clive said: “I want to hear the views from the people of Gloucestershire about how they see these proposals.

“I hope everyone with an interest will take the time to have their say in this consultation so we can continue the excellent work of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service into the future.”

A previous consultation as held in April and the current one will last until Monday, January 4 2016.

To take part in the consultation visit A number of drop-in events will also be held throughout the county over the coming months. For more information visit