Fire Services

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Centre of Excellence for the Fire Service will be created; and what consultation her Department has held with the Fire Brigades Union on the matter.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Proposals for a Centre of Excellence for the Fire and Rescue Service are being developed with a view to consultation in the autumn. A decision on whether to create a new body will be taken following consultation. All the Fire and Rescue Service trade unions, including the Fire Brigades Union are represented on the Sounding Board established by the Fire and Rescue Service Practitioners Forum to consider Centre of Excellence proposals.

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