March 24, Leeds City Council signed an agreement to improve fire safety arrangements across the councils organisation. The council signed a 'Fire Safety Concordat' agreement with partners West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, agreeing to work together in partnership approach with the aim to making Leeds a safer place for people to live, work and visit.
The 3-year agreement, FIRE was told, will ensure that greater training advice and guidance is provided to council staff, which will help the authority to continually improve its fire safety arrangements, through a pragmatic and incremental approach in driving down risk.
Leeds is the largest Local Authority to sign up to the Fire Protection concordat in the country. Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said: "We welcome this partnership with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority. We are working hard has an Authority to make the council's fire safety arrangements exemplary ones".
Craig McIntosh Assistant Chief Fire Officer West Yorkshire Fire Service said: "It gives me great pleasure to sign this concordat on behalf of the WYF&RS. Partnerships such as this one can protect people's safety by ensuring that fire risks in a changing built environment are properly controlled. We constantly seek opportunities to develop and use new interventions to augment our traditional approaches and I would like to thank all those individuals involved in developing this partnership."