Working Better Together: Options to improve the oversight of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

About the Consultation

Legislation recently passed by Parliament includes a new duty for emergency services to collaborate, and a specific opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to apply to the Secretary of State to allow them to take on responsibility for the governance of their local Fire and Rescue Service if it is in the interests of effectiveness, efficiency, economy or public safety to do so.

Before PCCs can do this, they have to make a local business case, and then ask the public what their views are. The consultation is your chance to tell us what you think about the benefits of change in North Yorkshire.

The Government and local stakeholders have made it clear that leaving things the way they are is not an option. The purpose of the proposed change is to help police and fire work better together, and with other partners, by reducing red tape to speed up decision making and get better value for money.

The options to choose from are:

1. The 'Representation' Model: PCC is represented on a FRA (or its committee) in their police area with full voting rights, subject to the consent of the FRA.  2. The 'Governance' Model: PCCs take on responsibility fo rthe fire and rescue service(s) in their area. Individual services retain their operational independence, their chief officers and, their own staff. 3. The 'Single Employer' Model: Fire functions are delegated to a single chief officer for policing and fire. Services would retain distinct front line services, albeiit supported by increasingly integrated support services.  

FRA – Fire and Rescue Authority

This survey has been designed by an independent partner.


Consultation information

To respond to this consultation it is important that you are informed about the options.
To find out more about the proposal and the options for change, please follow the links below. These will open in a separate window.

A message from the PCC
The options
Full Business Case
Video about the consultation


If you require assistance in completing the survey please call M·E·L Research on 0121 604 4664 or email

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