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Latest news on Fire Standards development

Having approved the phase one delivery plan in April 2020 and despite the impact of COVID, the Fire Standards Board are delighted to update you on the progress of all the development work taking place across a number of the Fire Standards over the following months.

Delivery plan for the first phase of Fire Standards announced

Having been established in 2019, the Fire Standards Board has been busy determining how it will work, agreeing the process for developing Fire Standards, deciding what a Fire Standard will contain; identifying the range of Fire Standards to be developed and those Fire Standards that will be included in the initial cohort of published Fire Standards.

Emergency Response Driver Standard consultation launched

The first Fire Standard is now out for consultation. In an important step forward for blue light driving, the emergency response driver standard provides fire and rescue services with the framework to ensure they are fully compliant with legislation.

Making sense of Standards

“The absence of existing national standards has resulted in local variations in almost every aspect of what each fire and rescue service does.” This is the conclusion made by HMICFRS in their tranche 1 summary report of the first inspections in 12 years. It’s helpful then that a Fire Standards Board is now in place to deal with the issues and provide some reassurance to the inspectors that inconsistency is being tackled head on.

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