This business case has been developed jointly between the fire and rescue service Employers (National Employers England), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA). All organisations recognise their separate roles in improvement in support of fire and rescue services. They also recognise the importance of working together to deliver the improvements that this case seeks to achieve.
- The National Employers have strategic responsibility to create an “enabling framework” that will allow local fire and rescue authorities to implement services that will reduce risk in their communities in the most effective and efficient way. To achieve this, they negotiate directly with national employee representatives, through the National Joint Council (NJC), to agree how employees’ roles should align to the delivery of these local services and determine national pay and terms and conditions that will support this. They also support fire and rescue authorities and fire and rescue services as they seek to implement change at local level.
- The NFCC represents senior managers who have operational responsibility to deliver the fire and rescue service in every part of the UK. The NFCC will provide evidence and advice to the Employers in support of new ways of working that will deliver this improvement.
- The LGA represents fire and rescue authorities who have the legal and democratic responsibility for fire and rescue services. The LGA works to support, promote and improve fire and rescue services through policy and improvement work. This work is directed by the Fire Services Management Committee. The LGA’s Fire Commission provides a forum for all fire and rescue authorities to discuss fire issues. The LGA works closely with the National Employers and the NFCC.
A key document will also be the development of a joint NFCC and National Employer (England) business case based on this evidence-based improvement narrative. The National Employers will use the business case and outcomes from this document to negotiate with employee representatives about the impact of the high-level improvements that are outlined in that narrative.