Consultation on fire protection standard closes soon

The Fire Standards Board for England is seeking views by 9 April on a new overarching standard for Fire Protection. Having recently published the first Fire Standards focused on operations, the Board is now consulting on two draft standards for protection and prevention.

The Fire Standards Board commissioned the development of the Fire Protection Fire Standard through the National Fire Chiefs Council’s Protection Policy and Reform Unit (PPRU). A working group, with representation from services across the country, was set up to support the development of the Fire Standard.

Along with the subject matter expertise from within the working group, the Fire Standard has been informed by information including:

  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report
  • HMICFRS inspection findings from (2018 and 2019)
  • NFCC analysis using its Strategic Improvement Model (SIM) of various reports which provide external commentary on fire and service performance
  • The Fit for the Future strategic improvement objectives
  • Input from members of the Protection Policy and Reform Unit (PPRU), NFCC Protection and Business Safety Committee and its workstreams

This Fire Standard is intended as an overarching standard for Fire Protection with further standards relating to more specific aspects of Fire Protection activities being developed in future.

The consultation seeks to gather views about the draft Fire Standard itself and the impact on those organisations who will be expected to align to it.

The Fire Standards Board is seeking views on whether:

  • All relevant aspects of Fire Protection activity have been included
  • It is clear and easy to understand
  • It will drive further improvements in delivery of Fire Protection activity
  • It will have a positive impact on services and the communities

The Fire Standards Board is encouraging responses from all parts of the fire sector.

The consultation is available from the Fire Standards Board website.

The consultation closes on 9 April 2021.