Report Launch

Fire Works: A Collaborative Way Forward for the Fire and Rescue Service

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The fire and rescue service stands at a crossroads. Severe budget cuts in both Revenue Support Grant and through council tax are eating into the service’s capacity and there is a predicted gap in funding of £17.5 million by the end of the decade. At the same time, deaths from fires in the home are at an all-time low and incidents have reduced by 40 per cent in the last decade, but expenditure and firefighter numbers remain broadly the same. The viability of the Fire and Rescue Service in its current form and its relationship with other blue-light services is under question.

Our research has brought together senior stakeholders from fire services, local authorities, other blue-light services and social workers to examine how the Fire and Rescue Service can reform to ensure future success and sustainability.

This launch will feature a keynote speech from Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group; a presentation of the report’s key findings by Claire Mansfield, author of the report and Head of Research at NLGN; and a panel discussion featuring key stakeholders in this area including:

Peter Dartford
President of the Chief Fire Officers Association
Geoff Harris
Director of Prevention and Protection, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Cllr Jeremy Hilton
Chair of the LGA Fire Services Management Committee

All attendees will receive a free copy of the report and refreshments will be served.