Communities and Local Government have published a consultation document which puts forward options for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the Fire and Rescue Service in England.
The consultation allows a range of options to consider, such as role, functions, status and governance of a CoE and associated costs and possible funding arrangements.Â Whilst the paper indicates support in principle for a CoE it does not recommend any preferred course of action.
In welcoming the publication, Parmjit Dhanda, Minister for the Fire and Rescue Service, said:
“The establishment of a Centre of Excellence provides an opportunity for the Fire and Rescue Service to take much greater responsibility and ownership for managing the service and to take a central role in influencing the future direction of the service as a whole.
We have been working in partnership with the Local Government Association and the Chief Fire Officers Association in developing these proposals and hope that, through this consultation, the Service itself will show its support for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence.”
The consultation document seeks views on:
* The need to establish a Centre of Excellence
* The functions which a Centre of Excellence has the potential to support both in the short term and long term including training delivery and resilience
* The governance arrangements which should underpin a Centre of Excellence
* The funding arrangements for a Centre of Excellence including the potential financial contributions from Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) to fund the functions which FRAs require the Centre of Excellence to carry out on their behalf
* The name of a Centre of Excellence
To read the Centre of Excellence for the Fire and Rescue Service Consultation Paper Click HERE:Â If you require this publication in an alternative format (eg Braille or audio) please email firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
Have your say?
The closing date for the consultation is 31st January 2008.
Respond via email Click HERE:
In writing, using the following address:
Fire & Rescue Service Development Division
19 Allington Street
The consultation work has been overseen by a Steering Group and a Project Board comprising Local Government Association (LGA), Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Communities and Local Government and Fire Service College (FSC) representatives.
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