News

05-08-17

Inspection and other important issues

Traditionally in the fire service, it used to be that August was a relatively quiet month; particularly for meetings, emails and associated management issues. It was a month when people took family holidays, the roads were quieter and you coul…

26-07-17

Home Office announces Essex PCC to take on responsibility for fire and rescue service

The Home Office has announced that Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) proposal to take on responsibility for Essex Fire and Rescue Service has been approved by the Home Secretary (25 July). Responding the the announcement, National Fire…

19-07-17

Home Office announces new fire inspectorate

The Home Office has announced a ‘significant’ new role for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) - as it will now oversee the new fire inspectorate regime.  HMIC will become the single inspectorate for polici…

18-07-17

"This is not an exercise" - NFCC Chair

For the first time for a while I have been able to take a little time to think about the events of 2017 from a Fire and Rescue perspective, and when talking to some colleagues we have likened it to some sort of exercise where things keep on coming …

17-07-17

Advice from DCLG has been sent to all building control bodies inĀ England

A statement from the Department for Communities and Local Government has been released stating it has written to all building control bodies in England highlighting key Building Regulations requirements when cladding work on high rise buildings over …

07-07-17

Expert panel recommends further tests on cladding and insulation

DCLG has issued a press release stating that the independent expert panel on safety has advised further testing as the next step to be conducted in helping landlords to ensure the safety of their buildings. Please see the full press release below.&…

30-06-17

New Grenfell Tower expert advisory panel first meeting

The new Grenfell Tower expert advisory panel on safety has used their first meeting to set out the scope of vital work to ensure people living in high rise buildings are safe. The expert panel will provide independent advice to the Secretary o…

28-06-17

NFCC Chair appointed to expert panel following Grenfell fire

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid today (27 June 2017) announced a new independent expert advisory panel to advise on any immediate measures that can be put in place to make buildings safe following the Grenfell Tower fire. A separate independ…

19-06-17

Working tirelessly in the fight against terrorism

It is a sad fact of life in the UK that we have lived with terrorism for decades, in fact terrorism has existed for centuries in some cases. The UK terror threat has been raised to ‘critical’, for the first time since 2007. That be…

15-06-17

Radio 4 Today Programme features update about Grenfell Tower

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, news outlets across the country have been running updates on what is known so far.  To date, 17 people have lost their lives. That figure is expected to rise - it has been announced n…