Councillors from Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee voted unanimously today (Wednesday 17 January) to recommend to the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) that it does not proceed to a full business case and that Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) continues to be governed by Norfolk County Council (NCC).
The PCC for Norfolk engaged consultants Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of potential changes in governance to NFRS.
Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council Communities Committee said: “We had lengthy discussions at Communities Committee which revealed that councillors from all parties were of the shared view that there should be no change to NFRS governance. It has always been stated that there must be a compelling case to make changes to the way the fire service is managed and we do not feel this report provides enough justification to progress to a full business case.
“NFRS is intimately integrated within many departments across Norfolk County Council including Trading Standards, Highways and Road Safety so it makes sense that it continues to be part of the authority. The cost to tax payers, disruption to fire officers and time it would take to make changes to the governance would be considerable, whilst providing few or no benefits.
“We will respond formally to the PCC with strong recommendations that they do not proceed to a full business case and that NFRS continues to be governed by Norfolk County Council.”