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Operational Response Fire Standards


This consultation is now closed.


Take a look at the Fire Standard that was published following this consultation.

The consultation – now closed

The Operational Response Fire Standards are underpinned by the suite of National Operational Guidance which can be accessed via

How to participate  

For the purposes of this consultation, you are provided with a consultation pack which contains the following: 

  • the proposed Fire Standards for Operational Response:
    • Operational preparedness 
    • Operational competence
    • Operational learning 
  • the consultation questions (to allow you to prepare your response in advance of submission)  

The consultation questions will ask for your views about the Fire Standards themselves along with questions about the potential impact on your organisation should you work for a fire and rescue service within England.  

Please be aware that you will need to complete the online survey in one session; for this reason, we strongly suggest that you: 

  • read the consultation pack before completing your review 
  • read the consultation questions by downloading them below 
  • capture your responses in a Word document before transferring them into the online survey so that you will not lose your notes in the event of technical issues 

Consultation pack

You will be asked to provide your name, role, organisation and email address in case of any technical issue or if we need to contact you to clarify anything about your response. 

It is not mandatory to respond to all of the questions in the survey; you are welcome to only complete those areas that you have an interest or expertise in. 

When you are ready, please start the survey.

Start the survey

What happens after the consultation has closed?

All the consultation responses will be considered in September 2020. Should any responses result in significant revisions to either the Fire Standard or supporting guidance, a further consultation may be initiated. 

Following this, a quality assurance process will be applied with a view to proposing the Fire Standard to the Fire Standards Board for approval before the end of 2020. 

If you have any questions about the consultation process please email [email protected].

Considerations and Notes

Please provide sufficient detail in your comments for us to determine what content they relate to, along with the page number of the file. 

Hyperlinks to places within this guidance, or to other sections of guidance may not currently function; this will be addressed at point of publication. 

Any illustrations are not currently in high-definition, to allow for email limitations; this will be addressed at point of publication. 

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