Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting, Harrogate and Knaresborough Area Constituency Committee - Thursday, 28th July, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Harrogate Civic Centre, St Luke's Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 2AE. Also available to view at

Contact: Ruth Gladstone  Email:

Note: To consider response to consultation about NYFRS R&RM 2022-25 


No. Item


Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were made at this stage of the meeting.


Public Questions or Statements pdf icon PDF 706 KB

Anyone who would like to ask a question or make a statement at the meeting regarding the consultation on the Risk and Resource Model 2022-25 for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service should email notice of their wish to do so, including the full text of what they intend to say, to as soon as possible, and by midday on Monday 25 July 2022 at the latest.  Speakers are each asked not to exceed 3 minutes’ speaking time and to read out only the statement/question of which they have submitted notice, without adding to or altering it.  No person may submit more than one question or statement.  No more than one question may be asked, or statement made, on behalf of one organisation.  The overall time available for public questions or statements is 30 minutes.


If you are asking a question or making a statement at this meeting but do not wish to be recorded, please inform the Chairman who will instruct those taking a recording to cease whilst you speak.


A statement was made by Paul James (Chair of North Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union).  A copy of the statement is appended to these Minutes.


North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service - Risk and Resource Model 2022-25 - Consultation pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Oral introduction to the proposals by Zoe Metcalfe (Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner), Mat Walker (Deputy Chief Fire Officer), and Dave Winspear (Area Manager and Head of Transformation).


The consultation document is attached, together with a technical document which is the basis for the consultation.  The specific details requested by the Committee will be shared at the meeting as part of the oral introduction by the Commissioner and her officers.


Purpose of agenda item:

      i.        To enable Committee Members to question Zoe Metcalfe, Mat Walker and Dave Winspear concerning this consultation; and

     ii.        invite the Committee to determine its response.


Additional documents:


Considered:  The Risk and Resource Model 2022-25 consultation document for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, together with a more detailed technical document supplied by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.


North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe, together with Mat Walker (Interim Deputy Chief Fire Officer) and Dave Winspear (NYFRS Area Manager and Head of Transformation) introduced the proposals and responded to the statement made by Paul James (Chair of North Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union).  They, together with Tom Thorp (Assistant Chief Executive, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire), responded to Members’ questions.


A recording of the meeting is available for viewing at


Note: During discussion about increases in deprivation and fuel poverty and the consequent use of solid fuel fire to heat homes, County Councillor Arnold Warneken declared an interest as he had a log business.


Resolved –


That the Committee respond as follows to the consultation:-


·       The Committee has major concerns about the plan to reduce the night cover for Harrogate to one vehicle with a crew of 4 firefighters.

·       The Committee welcomes investment proposals for increased spending on the prevention of fires, flooding and road traffic accidents.

·       The Committee has concerns about the self-rostering proposal and the potential impact on staff.

·       The Committee requests that current average response times to incidents are published to provide a benchmark against which any future targets set by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service can be monitored, together with the impact of any changes that do come as a result of the proposals if adopted.