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National framework 2016 – Wales

wales_frameworkThe framework sets out our vision and priorities for Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRA) in Wales.

It describes what the Welsh Government expects of the FRAs and creates the foundation on which to build and promote improvement, efficiency and innovation.

The Framework focuses on three main aspects of the changing context in which FRAs deliver their services:

  • severe medium to long term pressure on public finances;
  • an aging population and a shift to community based care and the implications of this on the risk of fire;
  • potential to expand FRAs’ prevention and response roles into wider community safety, as a result of the significant reduction in fires in the last 10-15 years.

It develops priorities for FRAs around 6 key themes:-

  • Continually and sustainably reducing risk and enhancing safety of citizens and communities;
  • Responding swiftly and effectively to incidents;
  • Being clearly and publicly accountable for delivery and funding, manifesting the highest standards of governance;
  • Maintaining downward pressure on costs and taking all opportunities to realise efficiencies;
  • Working effectively with partners to improve efficiency and citizen and community well-being;
  • Valuing and developing the workforce to the highest standards.

Fire and Rescue National Framework Report

Under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, FRAs are required to report every two years on activity against the Framework.  It shows both FRA activity and the support provided by the Welsh Government in taking forward fire and rescue services in Wales.

Download the document here