FBU demands end to PFCC model after Northamptonshire commissioner steps down

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Union response to PFCC announcement

The Fire Brigades Union has voiced its opinion on the announcement that Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire’s Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), will not seek re-election.

The union has taken this opportunity to call for a reconsideration of the PFCC model of governance, which they argue has allowed for unchecked actions and decisions.

Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, highlighted the union’s stance: “Firefighters and the public have welcomed the news that Stephen Mold will not run for re-election as Northamptonshire’s police, fire and crime commissioner.

“Following eight months of scandal, culminating in unacceptable sexism, Mold should have been formally held to account.

“Instead, the undemocratic police, fire and crime commissioner model has allowed Mold to act with impunity.

“Fire Brigades Union members in Northamptonshire have campaigned with tireless determination for the leadership the service needs.

“The disgraceful saga in Northamptonshire is clear evidence that this experiment in fire service governance cannot continue in any region.”

The call for leadership and accountability

The union’s reaction comes after a tumultuous period under Mold’s tenure, marked by scandals and public outcry.

The Fire Brigades Union argues that the PFCC model has failed to provide the necessary oversight and accountability required for such critical public service roles.

Future implications for fire service governance

The Fire Brigades Union’s strong response to the PFCC model and the specific situation in Northamptonshire raises questions about the future of fire service governance in the UK.

The union’s call for an end to this model could initiate discussions on alternative governance structures that ensure greater accountability and efficiency.

IFSJ Comment

The recent developments in Northamptonshire, marked by the announcement of Stephen Mold not seeking re-election has brought to light the limitations and challenges of the current governance model, prompting a dialogue on the need for reforms that enhance accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in public service leadership.

As the industry moves forward, it will be imperative to consider these insights and explore governance frameworks that are better aligned with the values of democracy, accountability, and public trust.

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