White Paper concern: consultation is key says union.(White Paper Comment)

Fire Brigades Union response to the White Paper is mixed. The General Secretary welcomed the move towards a risk based approach, particularly the emphasis on community fire safety. Devolvement to Wales and the commitment to equal opportunities was also appreciated, but he did criticise a funding deficiency, firefighter consultation and national standards or guidelines for risk assessment plans

The Government's White Paper, Our Fire and Rescue Service published at the end of June brings little new to the debate. It is largely based on the Bain Review and previous Audit Commission and Home Office reports.

Let us hope that the next six months or so before the White Paper becomes a Parliamentary Bill will be used constructively by all the main stakeholders to convince the Government of the need for significantly more investment (in hard cash rather than more words). …

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