The Chief Fire Officers Association seeks to drive improvement, deliver efficient solutions and to promote the work of the Fire and Rescue Service as a viable, effective and positive partner delivering results across the wider social landscape.

Find our more about CFOA membership and its benefits 

The National Fire Chiefs Council is a committee of The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) which is a registered charity and company. CFOA is responsible for the financial administration of the charity including any costs arising from NFCC’s Annual Plan and administrative/governance support. Every public UK fire and rescue service pays a Professional Partnership fee to CFOA which is determined by NFCC’s requirements (Annual Plan, support, strategy) and the operating costs of the charity

CFOA has a board of trustees who manage the Association, ensure appropriate governance and have oversight of the trading activities. Trustees have been selected to represent the range of governance models in place across the FRS:

  • Independent Chair: Teresa Budworth 
  • Independent Trustee: Cameron March
  • Combined Fire Authorities: 
  • County Fire Authorities: Wayne Bowcock, Gloucestershire
  • Metropolitan Fire Authorities: John Roberts, West Yorkshire FRS
  • Scotland: David McGown, Scottish FRS
  • Wales: Roger Thomas, Mid and West Wales FRS
  • Northern Ireland: 
  • London: 
  • Individual member: Amy Webb, Devon & Somerset

Useful documents: 

Charitable Objects

CFOA's Charitable Objects were amended at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

  • To lead, co-ordinate and support effective prevention, protection and emergency response – locally and nationally - to reduce the loss of life, personal injury and damage to property and the environment which can arise from fire, accident, major incidents and other emergencies
  • To support fire and rescue services in transforming their role to meet changing demands and resources for the benefit of the society;
  • To promote effective service delivery by working with partner organisations, governments and private sector bodies and the community; and
  • To maximise the effectiveness of the UK fire and rescue services in saving lives and increasing public safety by representing the professional voice of the United Kingdom’s Fire and Rescue Services.

 Association Structure

The Association has existed since 1941, becoming a company limited by guarantee on 2 December 1998, and a registered charity on 19 February 1999. CFOA is managed by a small team based at West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters, which also includes support for the NFCC Chair, Coordination Committee Chairs and the wider membership. 

CFOA Group

CFOA operates as a charity and a company limited by guarantee. There is one active subsidiary company CFOA Services Ltd (CSL)  within the CFOA Group which reports in to the CFOA Board. CSL manages and runs events and other trading activities on behalf of the CFOA Group.