RESIDENTS have a few weeks left to have their say on the future of the county’s fire service.

As previously reported, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (HFRA) is asking residents their views on the possible creation of a new combined fire authority for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

A public consultation was launched in June and closes on October 26.

After this, the feedback will go back to HFRA and Isle of Wight Council for consideration on whether or not to submit an application to Government to form a new combined authority.

The aim of the scheme is to have a larger bank of skills and knowledge, greater operational effectiveness and a single point of governance.

A response form is available online at or people can email

Alternatively call 023 8062 6815. Translated, braille, audio and large print forms can also be obtained. A final decision on the plans is expected in January 2019.