Standards Development

Standards Development

The National Fire Chiefs Council, through its Central Programme Office (CPO) provides administrative and policy support to the Fire Standards Board.

The Board and CPO will work together to develop the suite of professional Standards. They will follow a commonly recognised process originating from the British Standards Institute and used in many other sectors.

The basic steps are shown in the diagram below:

  • Consider learning
  • Verify requirements
  • Benefits Identification
  • Proposal to FSB
  • Commisson granted
  • Engage stakeholders and SME’s
  • Gather information & draft
  • Review feedback & finalise
  • Internal & External QA
  • Present standard and supporting guidance
  • FSB Approve
  • Publish and notify users
  • Set review cycle
  • Measure benefits
  • Inform review

In this process the Board is responsible for:

  • creating and maintaining a framework of professional Standards that are applicable to, or in use within, fire and rescue services in England;
  • considering the existing fire and rescue landscape through findings of existing research, the fire reform programme, operational or organisational learning from past incidents and from HMICFRS inspection outputs;
  • identifying gaps within the framework and identifying priorities for new or revised professional Standards;
  • working with the NFCC to plan and align Standards development work with the strategic commitments and their existing programmes;
  • reviewing proposals and commissioning work;
  • ensuring published Standards remain current and fit for purpose through both benefits realisation and periodic review;
  • commissioning work to review and revise published Standards as and when required; and,
  • building and maintaining relationships with partners across fire and rescue services, including those in the Devolved Administrations to inform the work they commission and approve.

The CPO will be responsible for:

  • preparing proposals for Standards development work;
  • facilitating development work when commissioned;
  • managing the periodic review cycles of approved Standards;
  • monitoring and informing the Board where a Standard may need revision outside of agreed cycles; and,
  • monitoring benefits realisation and periodic reporting to the Board.