Fire and Rescue Minister Bob Neill has published the new Fire and Rescue National Framework for England.

The new Framework announced today [11 July] was created with the proficiency and experience of fire and rescue authorities in mind and gives them the freedom and flexibility to deliver services to their communities without prescription from Whitehall.

It will move accountability away from central government and place power in the hands of local communities.

Mr Neill said: "This Framework delivers on the Government commitment to clearly define national resilience and to set out clear roles and responsibilities. I welcome the opportunity to take a collaborative approach to national resilience that is based on, and drawn from, local capability, expertise, knowledge and leadership."

Key priorities for fire and rescue authorities in the new framework include:
- identifying and assessing the full range of foreseeable fire and rescue related risks their area faces
- making provision for prevention and protection activities and responding to incidents appropriately
- working in partnership with their communities and a wide range of partners locally and nationally to deliver their service; and
- being accountable to communities for the service they provide

The Framework enables fire and rescue authorities to efficiently deliver their services against a backdrop of change and the need to cut the national deficit.

In addition the Framework clearly defines national resilience setting out clear roles and responsibilities as well as setting out arrangements for fire and rescue authorities to collectively engage with government on national resilience issues through a new Fire and Rescue Strategic Resilience Board.

This Board will encourage a collaborative approach to national resilience that is based on and drawn from local capability, expertise, knowledge and leadership.

Posted 11/07/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com