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01-02-18

Fire Minister attends NFCC Council meeting

The Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, the Rt Hon Nick Hurd, attended yesterday’s National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) meeting (Wednesday January 31st).  

The national meeting sees all Chief Fire Officers from across the UK come together to discuss and take decisions on behalf of all fire and rescue services. These are linked with the NFCC’s strategic priorities, the wider England Fire Reform Programme and arising issues.

These discussions covered a wide range of subjects, which included collaboration work currently underway with the National Police Chiefs Council, NFCC’s annual delivery plan which outlines planned work and projects for the next 12 months, the new Community Risk programme which will assess risk and vulnerability to improve the safety, health and well-being of communities.

There was also a discussion about the National Framework, which sets priorities and objectives for fire and rescue authorities across England. This is now being consulted on due to the Fire Reform Programme, including the recently formed inspectorate, the creation of NFCC and emergency collaboration which is outlined in the Policing and Crime Act 2017.  

The Minister for Policing and Fire, who attended to give a speech  to Chief Fire Officers from across the country, gave an update on his priorities for the year ahead, which included a discussion about the independent inspection which he said was ‘critical in achieving reform’. In response to this, NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher said the sector welcomed independent inspections which is a  major move in demonstrating accountability and transparency across the fire and rescue serve, ensuring the public have more access to how fire and rescue services perform.

Following the meeting, Roy Wilsher said: “I was delighted to welcome the minister to the NFCC meeting today. It allowed us to share information about the wide-range of work which is currently taking place across the entire country while outlining plans and projects for how we are working towards achieving fire reform. The Minister thanked fire and rescue services for their hard work after Grenfell, and the NFCC will continue to work on issues relating to Grenfell, including advising government and the Hackitt review.

“It also gave Chief Fire Officers the opportunity to hear from the Minister, receive useful updates from government on issues which could impact on the sector and to ensure work being carried out by services is making a valuable contribution to the national picture. I am also looking to work more closely with the Home Office on providing an evidence base which will assist future funding for the fire and rescue service.”

 Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “Fire and rescue services provide the communities they serve with a vital role and I am grateful to them for their hard work and commitment.

 “Today’s meeting provided an excellent opportunity to understand the demands faced by fire and rescue services and discuss how we can achieve their continuous improvement - ensuring greater accountability, effectiveness and professionalism than ever before.

“I also outlined my priorities for the year ahead, that include establishing an independent fire and rescue inspection regime, driving fire safety reforms and considering the outcomes of the Hackitt review, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.” 

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