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HMICFRS report on values and culture in fire and rescue services – LGA response

“The findings of this report, including shocking examples of bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable."


Cost-of-living crisis: Households seeking alternative ways of heating their homes to save money warned of potential fire risks – LGA

​​​​​​​Households looking for alternative and cheaper ways of lighting and heating their homes due to the cost-of-living crisis could be increasing risks of fire, as people are urged to be mindful of any potential dangers over the Christmas period.

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LGA responds to major incidents declared by Fire and Rescue Services

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the Fire Services Management Committee at the Local Government Association, responds to the major incidents declared by Fire and Rescue Services.


LGA responds to HMICFRS State of Fire report

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee responds to the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Services Management Committee State of Fire report.

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New Core Code of Ethics to be at the heart of Fire and Rescue Services

Developed in consultation with the sector, the Core Code is designed to help employees of the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) act in the best way towards each other and while serving the public. It will sit alongside the Code of Ethics Fire Standard developed by the Fire Standards Board.

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LGA responds to Home Secretary’s Police and Crime Commissioners review recommendations

“We are disappointed that the Government is looking to mandate transfers of fire governance to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), but we are glad to have an opportunity to feed into the consultation on transferring governance to PCCs."


LGA responds to national report by HMICFRS on fire and rescue services response to the pandemic

“The report rightly highlights the important work of the fire sector in responding to the pandemic. Fire authorities are proud of their work in responding to the pandemic and supporting their communities. I also want to thank all those firefighters and other staff who volunteer to help save lives and reduce the pressure on the NHS."

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LGA responds to £30m Waking Watch Relief Fund announcement

"This fund is good news to help address the ongoing costs to leaseholders of waking watches and reflects what the LGA has long-called for."


HCLG Committee cladding report – LGA statement

"The LGA shares the Committee’s view that three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, the remediation of dangerous buildings is proceeding too slowly. Social landlords have been quick to address the issue, but progress in the private sector has been unacceptably slow."


Coronavirus: Fire service to assist with antigen testing, transportation of NHS outpatients to appointments

Following the unprecedented Agreement reached on 26 March between the Fire Service National Employers, National Fire Chiefs Council and Fire Brigades Union, it has today been agreed to add a further three areas of work to reflect the scale of the national crisis and the urgency of the response required. Firefighters will be able to: Assist in taking samples for COVID-19 antigen testing Drive ambulance transport not on blue-lights (excluding known COVID-19 patients) to outpatient appointments or to receive urgent care Provide driving Instruction by FRS driver trainers to deliver training