Management Chief Bakes 6,479 Posted December 17, 2016 Management Share Posted December 17, 2016 PCC looks set to take over fire when new bill is passed. Plans to integrate one county’s police and fire service have moved a step closer following the publication of an independent report advocating the merger. Earlier this year, Staffordshire PCC Matthew Ellis and the county’s Fire and Rescue Service commissioned a review to look at whether there was a “case for full integration” in order to protect and enhance the front line. The report, carried out by independent consultant Fiona Tamplin, concluded an “integrated organisation” would reduce duplication in support processes, make better use of estates and in turn reduce demand across both services. “This would protect frontline services for both fire and police and would allow savings made elsewhere to be invested where it’s needed such as response, prevention, protection, early intervention, community engagement, tactical planning and other frontline activities,” it states. Under the plans, the services would merge into one employer organisation with a single chief officer and one management team, including a deputy chief officer for fire and a deputy chief officer for police. The report found although many in both organisations agree joint working is “the common sense thing to do”, currently cultural differences between the services and different ways of working mean opportunities to collaborate are not fully capitalised on. “The services have developed over many years and their cultures, beliefs and values are deep seated,” it states. “The difference in the size and complexity of fire and police also adds to the differences in priorities and approaches to work. Tackling these differences whilst the services remain separate, is likely to be impossible and although there are examples of where there have been, and continue to be joint working, there are still a number of unresolved issues that hinder truly efficient and effective working.” The review found savings could be made of at least £5.4 million per year through having a single control room, shared estates and single business support. Mr Ellis said he supports the recommendations made in the review but believes the suggested timescales “are too optimistic.” The report suggests that the logical date for the OPCC to take over governance of the fire service would be April 2017, with the earliest recommended date for a single employer being a year later. Public consultation on the issue cannot begin until the Policing and Crime Bill is passed, expected to be early next year. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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