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Review of fire & rescue service efficiencies published

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published Sir Ken Knight’s review of efficiencies and operations in fire and rescue authorities in England.

The independent report Facing the Future, published on 17 May, highlights a potential for the fire and rescue services to find millions in savings.

In his introduction to the report, Sir Ken declares:

“During my review I have found inexplicable differences in the expenditure of different fire and fire and rescue authorities in England. It’s apparent that we spend almost twice as much in some areas as others and yet there seems to be little relationship between expenditure and the reduction in demand for operational response in different fire and rescue authorities.

“Differences in operational practices, including minimum crewing levels and the ratio of senior managers to firefighters further show that there are savings to be made without reducing the quality of outcomes for the public.

“This report looks to give a sense of the scale of this, though these numbers are simple calculations for discussion, not targets in themselves.”

Minister for Fire, Brandon Lewis will now consider Sir Ken’s findings before publishing a Government response later in the year.

Click here to download the report, Facing the Future