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New NFCC member strategy sets UK fire and rescue service on a transformative path


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NFCC unveils a member strategy designed for continuous improvement

In a bid to consistently improve and solidify its position among the world’s leading fire and rescue services, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has unveiled its new member strategy.

The plan puts the NFCC and the UK Fire and Rescue Service on a trajectory aimed at the future.

The new NFCC strategy: An informed and inclusive approach

The strategy is the result of extensive engagement and consultation with NFCC members.

It outlines the council’s mission to collaborate, partner, represent and support fire and rescue services over the next three years in their mission to foster safer communities.

The plan is shaped by clear change drivers, including the need for a more positive and inclusive culture within fire and rescue services, recommendations from the Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena inquiries, and findings from various inspection outcomes.

Fire and rescue services gear up for future challenges with NFCC strategy

NFCC’s strategy is designed to bolster fire and rescue services’ ability to meet future challenges effectively.

It dovetails with the shared ambitions detailed in ‘Fit for the Future’ and is founded on the fire and rescue sector’s Core Code of Ethics.

This showcases the collective expectations of UK fire and rescue services to foster a positive working environment, uphold service standards, and sustain public confidence.

Mark Hardingham, NFCC Chair, provided some insights on the strategy’s objective: “The strategy is designed as a tool for fire and rescue services to use when considering their own local strategies and plans, helping to align local priorities and work to the wider national context.”

He further acknowledged the opportunities that lie ahead: “This is a time of great opportunity for fire and rescue services, to improve, diversify, embrace the drivers for change, and fully commit to the challenges we are facing now and in the future.”

Hardingham stressed on the collective goal of the organisation and the sector: “By working together, it is our collective ambition to continuously improve, and to firmly establish NFCC and the UK Fire and Rescue Service as among the best in the world – something that is reflected not only in the member strategy, but in the ongoing work of NFCC and the Fire and Rescue Service as a whole.”

The member strategy has been developed in conjunction with the NFCC Corporate Strategy and a rolling one-year Business Plan.

The strategies highlight key objectives and priorities, providing support to fire and rescue services locally and improving services to communities across the UK.

IFSJ Comment

This outlines a clear path for continuous improvement and progression for the NFCC and the UK Fire and Rescue Service.

It demonstrates a proactive approach to meeting future challenges and capitalising on opportunities, underscoring the need for collaborative effort in enhancing safety across communities.

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