Fire and Rescue Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) examines how well fire and rescue authorities are being run to meet the needs of local people and sets a baseline for measuring improvement.
It outlines the overall performance of:
- fire and rescue authorities and the influence of local factors on performance
- identifies what fire and rescue authorities do well and areas for improvement
- identifies the actions required to secure future improvement
- considers what impact CPA has had in driving improvement in fire and rescue authorities
The programme of modernisation aims to implement a more targeted and risk-based approach to prevention, protection and emergency response.
Forty-seven per cent of fire and rescue authorities have been categorised as good or excellent. However, only a small proportion of fire and rescue authorities are performing across the board at above minimum requirements.
Leadership within senior management is often strong but the best performing authorities combine this with a well-developed and active role for elected members to good effect.
A number of recommendations have been advised to further improve the service delivered by fire and rescue authorities.