How the West Sussex Fire Authority is run
West Sussex Fire Authority was constituted under section 4 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. It is responsible for making sure that the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service performs efficiently and in the best interest of the public and community it serves.
Fire and rescue authorities in England have a duty to regard the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England. This sets priorities and objectives in connection with the discharge of their functions:
Who acts as West Sussex Fire Authority
Under the constitution, the County Council’s Cabinet acts as the Fire Authority, with responsibility for decision-making sitting with the Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities.
How fire service performance is monitored
The Cabinet Member meets regularly with the Chief Fire Officer and sets clear strategic objectives for the fire service. These are included in the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).
The Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee is responsible for the overview and scrutiny of the fire service. The meetings of the committee at which fire service matters are considered are webcast to view online.
The committee’s business planning group considers Fire & Rescue Service performance data at its quarterly meetings. This group is an informal sub-group of committee members that undertakes work planning on behalf of the full committee. It refers any areas of concern to the main committee for formal scrutiny.
The IRMP and Annual Statement of Assurance are considered by the committee:
- at the outset of the development process
- before approval by the Cabinet Member and publication.