Regional partnerships commended-regional authorities are questioned: the LGA outlines its concerns over the potential dichotomy between regional fire authorities and local delivery, advocating regional partnerships between existing authorities instead.(Local Government Association)

The Fire Service in England is run by local fire authorities--county councils, combined fire authorities and in urban areas joint fire and civil defence authorities. This system has worked well and allowed fire authorities to build increasingly strong working relationships with other parts of local government and the voluntary and business sector. They are potentially key players in bodies such as local strategic partnerships and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.

Equally, the system provides a strong element of local democratic control which is essential it this Vital public service is to effectively meet the needs of its communities. Modernisation will strengthen the need for this local base. …

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