Fire Standards Board

As part of the Government’s fire reform programme aimed at supporting the ‘continuous improvement’ of fire and rescue services in England, a new independently chaired Fire Standards Board has been established.

The Board is responsible for:
  • Overseeing the identification, organisation, development and maintenance of professional standards for fire and rescue services in England
  • Agreeing priorities and commissioning standards to be developed
  • Maintaining oversight of standards in development
  • Approving professional standards once developed, including ensuring they have been appropriately validated and assured
  • Considering over time whether published standards remain current
Board Membership

The Chair and Vice Chair, both independent from fire and rescue services and Government, bring a wealth of experience from their extensive and varied executive and non-executive careers.

Other Board members include representatives from:

  • Home Office - Fire Strategy & Reform Unit
  • National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)
  • ·Local Government Association (LGA)
  • Police, Fire & Crime Commissioners representative (via the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners - APCC)
  • NFCC Central Programme Office
Standards Development

The Board is supported by the NFCC Central Programme Office (CPO) who are based out of London Fire Brigade HQ. The CPO provides secretariat services to the Board and will facilitate and coordinate Standards development and maintenance.

The Board recognises the great importance of the sector being closely involved in the development of the Standards, so communications and engagement is a priority.

Standards development work will draw expertise from both the fire and rescue services themselves and wider stakeholders.

The NFCC Strategic Engagement Forum will allow wider stakeholders to be involved in the development of Standards. This forum is chaired by the NFCC and has representatives from the Devolved Administrations, sector representative bodies and trade unions, Government, the inspectorate and industry.

More information about the Fire Standards Board can be found on the website including a dedicated email address. NFCC members can join the NFCC Workplace group for Fire Standards.

To contact the Board, please email:  contact@firestandards.org.uk