Other legislation requires organisations to consult the Fire Authority on issues of public safety.
For example the Community Safety (Crime and Disorder) Act 1998 requires the police, local authorities, fire and rescue authorities, probation services and health services to work together to protect their local communities from crime and to help people feel safer.
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The primary duties of the Fire Authority are:
- To provide a Fire Service and to ensure its efficiency
- To provide the efficient training of members of the Service
- To ensure that efficient mobilising and communications arrangements exist
- To make arrangements to obtain information needed for firefighting purposes
- To make arrangements to ensure that the steps are taken to mitigate damage to property through firefighting
- To make arrangements to provide fire safety advice
- To make arrangements to give mutual assistance to other Fire Services
- To ensure that adequate water supplies are available for firefighting purposes
In October 2015, East Sussex Fire Authority responded to the consultation: “Enabling closer working between the emergency services”.
The Authority is convinced that the continuing austerity affecting the public sector is a sufficient driver for collaborations to develop still further without the single employer model suggested in the consultation.
Read more in our full response.