Fire ratings reveal pace of progress towards modernisation is varied; an independent report published by the Audit Commission recently says fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) are working towards modernisation but that the pace of change varies substantially between authorities.(Fire CPA)

COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE Assessment--Learning from CPA for the Fire and Rescue Service in England 2005 draws on the findings of individual corporate assessments for the 47 FRAs that the Commission published last summer. All FRAs were rated as either 'excellent', 'good', 'fair', 'weak' or 'poor'.

Nearly half (47 per cent) of FRAs are categorised overall as 'good' or 'excellent'.

The CPA reviews looked at the way the service works within the community to make it safer and prevent fires happening in the first place. As well as fire prevention and education, they looked at a wide range of areas including staff training, rates of sickness, team leadership and how well budgets are managed. However, they are not a measure of how well FRAs respond to emergencies or other incidents.

The Commission says that future progress towards providing effective, efficient and community focused services that are fit for the 21st century could be more quickly achieved by some FRAs. …

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