The leadership of the NFCC comprises a full time Chair, two Vice Chairs and the chairs of the NFCC committees. The Chair is elected by the membership in line with the NFCC Operating Principles. The Chair is supported by two Vice Chairs who are serving Chief Fire Officers/Chief Executives and who fulfil this role on a pro bono basis. The NFCC committees are led by serving Chief Fire Officers/Chief Executives.
All Chief Fire Officers/Chief Executives are members of the NFCC Council. This is a decision-making body and meets quarterly.
The NFCC values continued engagement and consultation from across the wider fire sector to inform its work. It organises improvement work through a series of programmes and projects that cover many areas of fire and rescue service activity.
The Fire Standards Board has also now been established and encourages all stakeholders to engage with the consultations on Fire Standards.
To assist this consultative approach, the NFCC established a Strategic Engagement Forum (SEF) prior to COVID but sadly the limitations of coming together online and the needs and priorities of all parties resulted in the forum being suspended.
However, many of the programmes have established more specific engagement forums with relevant subject matter experts and stakeholders included. This approach is working well.
The NFCC will be reconsidering its approach to stakeholder engagement when it revises its strategy during 2022.