Fire Reform Board (England)

The LGA and National Fire Chiefs Council (previously the Chief Fire Officers Association) agreed that we would create a fire reform board to bring together the two organisations and the Home Office to provide oversight to, and help to shape, the Fire Reform Programme.


There are three key pillars to the Fire Reform programme:

  1. Efficiency and collaboration
  2. Accountability and transparency
  3. Workforce reform

Terms of Reference

The Fire Reform Board (England) would:

  • Provide an oversight of the work being undertaken within FRAs / FRSs, NFCC (CFOA) and LGA FSMC in support of the English Fire Reform programme.
  • Initiate activity through the participating bodies (LGA FSMC, NFCC) on specific aspects of the reform programme
  • Provide a mechanism for reporting progress to the Home Office, NFCC (CFOA), LGA FSMC and FRAs
  • Provide a group to progress work with the Home Office on specific elements of the reform such as a revised National Fire Framework
  • Engage in specific aspects of the reform programme as appropriate to ensure that the views of the sector leadership are appropriately represented.

The Board would not be responsible for establishing / confirming standards (professional and organisational) for the sector since this is has a UK focus.

Status

The LGA and National Fire Chiefs Council (previously the Chief Fire Officers Association) agreed that we would create a fire reform board bring together the two organisations and the Home Office to provide oversight to and help to shape to the Fire Reform Programme. There are three key pillars to the Fire Reform programme:

  1. Efficiency and collaboration
  2. Accountability and transparency
  3. Workforce reform

The Board will be an unincorporated, voluntary association of its members who will work collaboratively to reform fire and rescue services for the benefit of the public.  Its purpose is to oversee and support change to ensure it is coherent and provides the best service to the public.

Membership

The membership will include:

  • Local Government Association (Fire Service Management Committee) leads x 4
  • National Fire Chiefs Council x 3

Others

  • Home Office x 1

Note: the membership may be expanded in the future to encompass the planned inspectorate and the standards body.

List of members

  • Cllr Ian Stephens
  • Cllr Rebecca Knox
  • Cllr Keith Aspden
  • Fiona Twycross
  • Roy Wilsher (NFCC)
  • Steven Adams (NFCC)
  • Phil Loach (NFCC)
  • Chloe Dunnett (Home Office)
  • Brian Nash (Home Office)

Support

The NFCC, working with the LGA officers, will support the administration and operation of the Board.

Meetings

Meetings will normally take place every two months.