The 2008 - 2011 Fire and Rescue Service National Framework consultation was launched on 14 November and underlines the Government's long-term commitment to improving fire and rescue services in England. The main proposed changes since the last National Framework document include:
- Scaling down the narrative to key "must/should" messages so that our priorities are more transparent.
- Lifespan - moving to a three-year document so expectations highlighted in the National Framework run alongside the Fire and Rescue Service's financial commitments.
- Structure - moving away from the nine original chapter headings and creating 4 new chapters focussed on key strategic priorities.
To read the document in full visit: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/fire/nf200811consultation
This discussion forum is a chance for you to comment and feedback on the framework. The forum will run until 6 February 2008. In particular we would like to hear your views on the following consultation questions:
1. What are your views on the new structure of the National Framework?
2. Is the National Framework clear about the Government's objectives and priorities, what Fire and Rescue Authorities are expected to deliver, and the support the Government will provide? If not, how could it be improved?
3. Do you agree with the policies set out in each chapter? If not why not, and what alternative policy would you wish to see instead?
4. Do you have any comments on the implementation of the policies set out that are of relevance to the National Framework?
We look forward to hearing from you!