Welcome to framework promoting partnership.(view)

The release of the eagerly anticipated Fire and Rescue Service National Framework will provide the much needed structure for fire services to work within. As an ongoing document steeped in a partnership approach, FIRE appeals for this process to be pursued rigorously across the Service as consultation exercises in certain key areas have clearly been inadequate.

The front cover does not, alas, refer to our perception of the government's handling of the national procurement strategy, nor does it betray our pessimistic projection on pay negotiations (on going to press, we remain resolutely optimistic).

Rather the theme refers to upcoming events: Disaster Management at Major Events: Facing the Terrorist Threat, to be held at the Don Valley Stadium during the World Firefighters Games, and the International Joint Operations Command Conference (IJOCC) in Toronto, Canada (see pg 21). …

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