Independent report

Fire futures reports

An independent review into the fire and rescue service looking at its role, efficiency, accountability & work with other emergency services.

Documents

Fire futures - chairs' foreword: a series of options for the future of fire and rescue provision in England

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Role of the fire and rescue service (delivery models) report

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Efficiency, effectiveness and productivity report

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Localism and accountability report

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National interests workstream: decentralisation in the fire sector, empowering and protecting the citizen

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Detail

The 4 sector-led reports, put forward a range of ideas on how the fire and rescue sector can work together to address current and future challenges and presents new models and wide-ranging options for delivering fire and rescue services.

The reports are:

  • ‘Role of the fire and rescue service’: this looks at the additional powers and responsibilities required to overcome barriers faced by the fire and rescue service in delivering service and options for closer working with other emergency services
  • ‘Efficiency, effectiveness and productivity’: this looks at ways to improve operational efficiency, purchasing and procurement
  • ‘Localism and accountability’: this outlines a series of proposals to extend localism, transparency and accountability by offering communities a greater role in determining and monitoring local services
  • ‘National interests’: this looks at the respective roles of the fire and rescue service and government in national resilience, the built environment, improved knowledge management and decentralisation

The government published its response to the reports on 12 April 2011.