Agenda and minutes

Fire Commission - Friday, 14th February, 2014 11.00 am

Venue: Westminster Room, 8th Floor, 18 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HZ. View directions

Contact: Daniel Kalley 

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Cllr Hammond welcomed all to the meeting and gave apologies from Russell Pearson, who was dealing with the recent flooding. Steve Owen attended the meeting on his behalf.


Cllr Hammond gave her heart-felt thanks to all the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) which have helped in the major flooding incidents. The events had demonstrated how well FRSs and other organisations work together to do an excellent job. In light of the major incidents, Cllr Hammond invited members to discuss the issues.


Members discussed the following:


·         Members were proud of the resilience that FRSs had shown and how they were working together.


·         Cllr Mark Healey gave his thanks on behalf of Devon and Somerset to the FRSs which had helped in the floods.


·         Cllr Dave Hanratty gave thanks on behalf of Merseyside to FRSs and CFOA for their help in the floods. He highlighted some lack of recognition of FRS’s role in dealing with the floods.


·         Members were pleased to see the Chief Fire Officer, Peter Holland CBE, advising the Government.


·         With financial pressures and the recommendations of the Pitt Review and Knight Review, FRSs will have an increasing role in rescue and civil unrest situations.


·         Members suggested further discussion on the future role of FRSs.


·         There is a need to look into the future and prepare for climate change.


Cllr Hammond echoed the need to bring the debate forward on the role of FRSs and influence government thinking. She said that the Chief Fire Officer had been an excellent adviser to government and has brought FRS issues to the fore of Government’s mind and was grateful to him for keeping in touch with the regions and for all of his work.


The Government understands that the ‘rescue’ aspect does need promoting. Due to the costs involved in dealing with the flood, Cllr Hammond said that an analysis of the pressures this will create in budget planning is needed. Cllr Hammond thanked all for their contributions and resilience during the flooding.


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Fire Commission Industrial relations report pdf icon PDF 88 KB



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Cllr Hammond gave special thanks to Cllr Mehboob Khan and his long-standing contribution to fire and rescue and the Safer and Stronger Communities Board.


Cllr Khan thanked Cllr Hammond and all, saying that it had been a real pleasure to work with everyone at the LGA and Fire Authorities.


Cllr Hammond urged members to book their place at the Fire Conference and thanked all for attending.