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Full Authority
16 Dec 2020 - 10:30 to 11:42
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Agenda

Agenda Items
1 Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
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Apologies were received from Cllr R Adams, Cllr S Bowen, Cllr A Fry, Cllr K Guthrie, Cllr R Morris and Cllr K Pollock.
2 Declarations of Interest (if any)
This item allows the Chairman to invite any Councillor to declare an interest in any of the items on this Agenda.
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Cllr Phillips declared that he was Vice Chair of the Fire Pension Scheme, member of the Fire NJC and Fire Commission and Chair of the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board.

Cllr Oborski declared that she was a member of the Fire Commission

Cllr Raine declared that he was a member of the Fire Commission.

3 Chairman’s Announcements
To update Members on recent activities.
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The Chairman informed Members of the following activity:

  • The Chief Fire Officer`s resignation had been acknowledged and all Members had been copied into the reply.
  • It is understood the provisional settlement for 2021/22 will be announced on 17 December.
  • The Inspectorate Covid report will be published in the new year.
  • The Chairman had been involved in the NJC tripartate discussions on Covid work and further pension arrangements following the Sargent ruling. 
  • Discussions continue with partner public sector organisations for the rebuild of Redditch Fire station.
  • The Chairman invited the Chief Fire Officer to give an update on the presentation of Long Service and Good Conduct awards and on the recent recruitment programme for 30 new full time firefighters.

 

 

There were a total of 84 awards to be presented to individuals or teams as follows:

  • Long Service and Good Conduct – 21
  • 40 years' Service – 4
  • 30 years' Service – 13
  • 20 years' Service – 1
  • Firefighters Charity Award individual + Firefighters Charity Team Award (presented to winners and runners up in each category)
  • Silver Axe – Top RDS Trainee Recruit
  • 5 x CFO Commendations –  28
  • 1 x Chairman Commendation – 1
  • 8 x CFO Letter of Congratulations – 11

 

 

Staff were given the option of either being presented with their award on station by the Chief Fire Officer, District Commander or Station Commander, deferring to the 2021 Medal and Awards Ceremonies or a combination of both to allow family and friends to be part of the ceremony.

 

With regard to the recent recruitment programme, the details were as follows:

 

Wholetime Recruitment

 

There were 796 applications received for wholetime firefighters, 104 were from HWFRS on-call staff, 165 were external firefighters from other services and 527 were new entrants.

 

The Service has now appointed 30 new staff, to commence in January 2021, 19 of which were new to the Fire Service, 6 were from existing HWFRS on-call staff and 5 were from external FRS.

 

In addition to appointing 30 staff immediately, a reserve list has also been created should the Service need further new entrants in the next 2 years.

 

On-Call Recruitment

 

In 2020, there have been 24 new starters to the On-call system.

 

Covid restrictions have meant that On-call recruitment was paused between March and August, however since August, On-call recruitment has recommenced and a number of initiatives are underway to support wider recruitment of On-call staff.

 

Fire Control

 

In preparation for the new Fire Control structure and 2,2,4, crewing model Fire Control have delivered three recruitment processes in 2020; Watch Commander B (Control), Crew Commander (Control), 12 month fixed term temporary contact for FfCon.

 

It was very encouraging to receive 45 applicants for the 12 month fixed term position and after an extensive selection process 3 new members will be starting in 2021.

 

In addition, the supervisory managers promotion processes resulted in 3 Crew Commander positions - 1 internal and 2 external and 1 internal member of staff being promoted to Watch Commander.

4 Public Participation
To allow a Member of the public to present a petition, ask a question or make a statement relating to any topic concerning the duties and powers of the Authority.

Members of the public wishing to take part should notify the Head of Legal Services in writing or by email indicating both the nature and content of their proposed participation to be received no later than 2 clear working days before the meeting (in this case 11 December 2020). Further details about public participation are available on the website. Enquiries can also be made through the telephone numbers/email listed below.
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There was no public participation.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 October 2020.
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The Treasurer informed Members that with regard to Minute no. 275, a small amount of Bellwin funding had been received to help cover the cost associated with the flooding incidents in February 2020. All expenditure claimed above the threshold level had been funded.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 14 October 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

To confirm the appointment of Mr Jonathon Pryce, currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer, to the post of Chief Fire Officer with effect from a date to be agreed, in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Appointments Committee (see attached minutes of meeting on 3/12/20)

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The Head of Legal Services presented the minutes of the Appointments Committee for the Authority to ratify the appointment of Chief Fire Officer.

RESOLVED that Mr Jonathon Pryce, currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer, be appointed to the post of Chief Fire Officer with effect from a date to be agreed, in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Appointments Committee.

7 Community Risk Management Plan 2021-25 – Consultation Findings
This report is to update Members on the progress in implementing the HMICFRS Improvement Plan. The report confirms that despite the significant impact currently being experienced due to the Covid – 19 pandemic, sound progress is being made to discharge the requirements of the Plan.
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The Chief Fire Officer updated Members on the progress in implementing the HMICFRS Improvement Plan. Members were pleased to note that despite the significant impact currently being experienced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sound progress was being made to discharge the requirements of the Plan.

There was concern that the staff engagement workshops had been postponed due to Covid but they were reassured that virtual sessions will be undertaken in the new year.

Members congratulated staff on the progress made, particularly taking into account it was during the pandemic and the floods.

RESOLVED that:

i)  the Authority note progress on actions to deliver the HMICFRS Improvement Plan; and

ii) a further report be presented to a future meeting of the Authority detailing the recent activities undertaken and planned by the Employee Engagement and Wellbeing Officer.

To update Members on progress in delivering priority projects developed by the Strategic Fire Alliance between Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Services.
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The Chief Fire Officer updated Members on the progress in delivering priority projects developed by the Strategic Fire Alliance between Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Services.

There was discussion around the potential options for the co-location of Fire Control. The Chief Fire Officer assured Members that all options were being considered but from experience, being in the same control room as the Police had been very beneficial.

RESOLVED that Members note progress on projects to date.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2020.
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The Chairman of the Committee presented the minutes of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 8 October 2020.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 8 October 2020 be received and noted.

To receive the minutes of the meetings held on 16 September 2020 and 2 December 2020.

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The Chairman of the Committee presented the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meetings held on 16 September 2020 and 2 December 2020.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meetings held on 16 September 2020 and 2 December 2020 be received and noted.

To receive the minutes of the meetings held on 1 October 2020, 16 November 2020 and 3 December 2020.
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The Chairman of the Committee presented the minutes of the Appointments Committee meetings held on 1 October 2020, 16 November 2020 and 3 December 2020.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Appointments Committee meetings held on 1 October 2020, 16 November 2020 and 3 December 2020 be received and noted.

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

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