The fire and rescue service is an integral part of keeping our communities safe and secure.

The LGA's Fire Services Management Committee represents the views and concerns of the fire sector working on the future direction of the fire and rescue service; improvement within the sector; and on all other issues affecting fire and rescue authorities.

Roles and Responsibilities of Fire and Rescue Authorities

The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 sets out the responsibilities of Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs)

The role of the LGA

The LGA represents fire and rescue authorities on a national stage. We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of FRAs to ensure that the sector has a strong, credible voice with national government. FRAs are represented at the LGA through our Fire Services Management Committee and Fire Commission.

We provide improvement support to FRAs through our peer challenge programme as well as workforce and negotiations support.

Read about our  Corporate offer to fire and rescue authorities.

This sets out the breadth of services you get as members of the LGA. If you would like more information about any of them please email

Media releases and news

Community safety

Fire service ditching outdated image in major diversity drive

7 March 2017

The fire and rescue service is shaking off its outdated image in a major drive to change the public's perception of firefighters, a new report outlines today.

Community safety

Drink drive limit should be lowered, urge councils and fire authorities

4 March 2017

The legal drink drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales to help cut alcohol-related accidents, which new provisional figures show have risen, councils and fire and rescue authorities urged today.

Community safety

LGA launches equality and diversity memorandum of understanding for the fire service

30 January 2017

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the Local Government Association's Fire Services Management Committee responds to the launch of the equality and diversity memorandum of understanding for the fire service.

Community safety

LGA responds to publication of Thomas Review

3 November 2016

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the LGA's Fire Services Management Committee, responds to the publication of an independent review by Adrian Thomas of conditions of service for fire and rescue staff in England.

Briefings, responses and articles

Enabling Closer Working between the Emergency Services consultation: LGA response

LGA's Fire Services Management Committee's response to the Home Office's and Department of Communities and Local Government's ‘Enabling closer working between the emergency services' consultation on behalf of the English FRAs.

Principles for a ‘Safe and Well' visit by a Fire and Rescue Service

The LGA has also helped to develop design principles for safe and well visits. These were designed to aid local areas have further conversations about fire and rescue authorities could extend their 670,000 home safety checks to cover a range of issues as identified at a local level.

Consensus Statement

The LGA, the Chief Fire Officers Association, NHS England, Public Health England and Age UK have signed a consensus statement setting out our intent to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

First perceptions survey for fire and rescue service members

The LGA has conducted its first perceptions survey for our fire and rescue service members.

Fire Sprinklers: dispelling the myths

Fire Sprinklers week is taking place between 16 – 22 March

Equality and Diversity Memorandum of Understanding 

The LGA has worked with a range of other stakeholders to develop a Memorandum of Understanding on how equality, diversity, behaviours and organisational culture issues will be addressed within the Fire Service

National Overview on Emergency Service Collaboration

The 2016 overview was officially released on 18 November at the NPCC/APCC Conference.

Meetings for member authority councillors

Fire Commission dates 

Fire Services Management Committee

Fire and rescue services bulletin

Sign up to our specialist Fire and Rescue Services bulletin.

Partner organisations

We work with a number of partners, including the:


Case studies

The LGA is keen to collect case studies from fire and rescue authorities to highlight notable practice in the fire sector. If you'd like to submit a case study please either tweet us @LGAfirerescue or email us on

Video: Differing views on the future of the Fire and Rescue service

A film of the issues and challenges facing the Fire and Rescue sector shown at the LGA's Annual Fire Conference in Cardiff in March 2014.

Presentations from the conference