The Fire Standards Board is now drawing closer to completing the initial suite of Fire Standards based on the activity of fire and rescue services. The working title of the standard now out for consultation is Internal Governance and Assurance. We anticipate the consultation on the accompanying Procurement and Asset Management Fire Standard will be open shortly.
Both of these Fire Standards relate to a range of “enabling” activities which may be perceived as not as important as those that focus on service delivery to the public. However, these standards relate to the range of essential activities that support the day-to-day business of services.
As usual, the standards have been developed with input from both subject matter experts and a broad range of representatives from services. In development, there have been many suggestions made about the content of these standards and what they should be called. Therefore, there are some additional questions included in the consultation survey to get your views.
We encourage all services to consider these draft standards and provide a response to the consultation.
The Board welcome responses from all stakeholders but are particularly keen to ensure all fire and rescue services provide a response on behalf of their service as those directly impacted by the Fire Standard. They also welcome individual responses and those from colleagues in the Devolved Administrations, from partners and all stakeholders including those in the wider fire and rescue sector. The link for the consultation is here
The closing date for the consultation is 12:00hrs on Monday 18th December 2023.
Consultation responses will be considered to inform the final versions of the standards. An external quality assurance process takes place prior to their launch and publication.
The Board wish to thank all who supported the development work, have taken part in peer reviews and responded to the consultation.
If you have any questions about the consultation or Fire Standards more generally, please get in touch. [email protected]