The first four Fire Standards for fire and rescue services in England are to be published on www.firestandards.org on 16 February 2021. This is a monumental announcement, building upon and driving professionalism within our sector.
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.
The Fire Standards Board are pleased to announce the consultation on the Fire Standard for Community Risk Management Planning is now open.
The Fire Standards Board are pleased to announce the consultation on the Fire Standards for Operational response are now open.
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.
The Fire Standards Board’s consultation on its first proposed Fire Standard focused on the important area of emergency response driving.
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.
“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.
Information about the new Fire Standards Board for England and its work to date are available on the newly launched website – www.firestandards.org
Forming a key plank of the reform programme, the Fire Standards Board (FSB or Board) has now been established and has met twice. The Board has a Chair and Vice Chair both independent from fire and rescue services and Government. They each bring a wealth of experience from their extensive and varied executive and non-executive careers.