About the Fire Sector Federation (FSF)

The FSF seeks to give voice to and exert influence in shaping future policy and strategy related to the UK Fire Sector

The Federation is a not for profit non-government organisation established to act as a forum for the discussion of fire-related issues of interest to its membership and to evolve as a central source of information on all aspects relating to fire. It brings together representatives from a range of stakeholders which make up the UK Fire Sector.

Originally formed in 2011as the Fire Sector Partnership, the Fire Sector Federation was established in June 2012 following a merger with the Federation of British Fire Organisations (FOBFO).

The FSF was originally established in response to the Fire Futures review. Launched in July 2010 by the Fire and Rescue Minister Bob Neill MP, this was a strategic review of fire and rescue provision designed to enable sector partners to shape the future direction of fire and rescue services in England. It was undertaken and led by the sector with contributions from a wide range of representative bodies and organisations.

As a result of the review, the Government made it clear that it no longer intended to control and direct the way fire and rescue services are delivered and instead expects the fire sector to take a lead in shaping policy.

The FSF provides a broad spectrum of opinion from the fire sector. It encourages horizontal integration and attempts to cut silo mentality in working practices by addressing both the built and natural environment, as well as fire and rescue service issues.

The FSF meets regularly in open forum, bringing together the broad knowledge, experience and skills that exist across the sector, with the intent of maximising effective use of this accumulated expertise to improve the safety of the nation. It seeks to articulate unambiguously, opinions and advice on behalf of the unified sector for the overall benefit of UK communities. It aims to improve communications and cooperation to help drive efficiency, common policy and common standards.

The Federation is a forum for debate, available to any member to convey and hear the views of other members on areas of common concern. Its aim is to share useful information, reduce barriers and improve communications between different areas of the industry.

All partners within the FSF aim to contribute, through collaboration, coordination of effort, expertise and resource, to the UK’s national preparedness, resilience, response, mitigation and recovery from fire.

“The FSF will give a voice to the sometimes differing views held within the federation”
  • Coordinate academic research and fire and rescue service evaluation and reviews;
  • Develop services, seeking and promoting innovation;
  • Continuously improve performance, reporting auditing and evaluating and assisting self-development;
  • Protect people, disseminating knowledge and promulgating best practice;
  • Build knowledge and capacity, in skills, organisations, leadership and understanding;
  • Find solutions to complex situations, integrating strengths and capacity;
  • Assist understanding internally and externally of the economic, environmental, cultural and societal impacts of fire and rescue on people, buildings, materials and the physical environment;
  • Identify good or notable practice, promoting its adoption across the Fire Sector.
  • Provide advocacy and interpretation to assist the promotion of a safer society by diffusing knowledge and stimulating professional improvement;
  • Communicate and act as a hub to link together everyone in the fire and rescue industry to facilitate effective communication;
  • Harmonise, to speak for the fire and rescue industry when cross industry standards need to be set.