How do I get involved?

How will stakeholders be able to contribute to Standards development

The development of Standards will be informed by what already exists and what works on the ground. Much like the ethos used to develop the suite of National Operational Guidance, Standards will be developed by the services for the services.

Therefore, engagement with the end users of the Standards, the fire and rescue services themselves, is essential to ensure the Standards developed are meaningful, workable but will achieve positive outcomes for the communities served.

In fact, to drive and inform Standards development work, subject matter expertise will be drawn from the existing networks of staff within the services. This will be coordinated through the NFCC Committees, national leads and national working groups structures, but also from external stakeholders as and when required.

Wider stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute to, and be consulted on, professional Standards through various engagement channels including the NFCC Strategic Engagement Forum, its sub-forums and other engagement and consultation activities.

If you would like to contribute to the development of a Standard, please contact us explaining which is your area of interest and how you feel you can help.

Strategic Engagement Forum (SEF)

The purpose of the Strategic Engagement Forum (SEF) is to collectively engage with wider fire sector stakeholders about national improvement programmes being led by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the professional Standards being developed through the Fire Standards Board.

Members have the opportunity to understand work that is planned and to comment and provide different perspectives on products as they are produced. They may also choose or be invited to get involved in development activities where appropriate.

The forum also has a role in reviewing any proposed reviews or changes to approved Standards and the guidance that underpins them, which includes National Operational Guidance (NOG).

Engagement with stakeholders will take place at different times and in a variety of ways but this forum provides a formal opportunity for wider stakeholders to come together as a group on a regular basis. It is a consultative group and does not have delegated powers of decision making.

The forum meets quarterly and currently has the following members:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Home Office
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • Local Government Association
  • HMICFRS (inc Devolved Administrations’ Inspectorates)
  • Devolved administration Service representatives- Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
  • Representative Bodies (FBU, FOA, FLA, FRSA, Prospect, Unison)
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Academic representation
  • Fire Protection Association
  • Airport Operators Association
  • Defence Fire and Rescue Service
  • Chairs of the Engagement sub forums
  • Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles
  • National Police Chiefs Council

For more information about the forum, please contact firecpo@ukfrs.com