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Full Authority
18 Oct 2023 - 10:30 to 11:37
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Agenda

Committee Councilllors
Agenda Items
1 Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
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Apologies were received from Cllr B Brookes, Cllr D Chambers, Cllr J Kenyon, Cllr E Marshall, Cllr J Monk, Cllr R Morris, Cllr L Robinson, Mr K Taylor and Cllr T Wells.
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 R Phillips declared that he was Vice Chair of the Firefighters Scheme Advisory Board (England and Wales), Chair of the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board (England and Wales), and a member of the NJC for Fire Service (Grey Book and Green Book).
3 Chairman’s Announcements
To update Members on recent activities.
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There were no announcements for this meeting.
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 13 October 2023). 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 21 June 2023.
0445
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Fire Authority meeting held on 21 June 2023 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

To present the Statement of Assurance 2022-23 for approval and publication.

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The Assistant Chief Officer - Director of Prevention presented the draft Statement of Assurance 2022-23 for approval and publication.

Members were informed that the Statement of Assurance 2022-23 was designed to provide assurance on governance, financial and operational matters. Much of the information in the Statement was already publicly available elsewhere and links were provided in the document as advised in national guidance.

RESOLVED that the Statement of Assurance 2021-22 be approved for publication.

To update Members on the HMICFRS Improvement Plan following the inspection report dated 15 Dec 2021.

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The Assistant Chief Officer - Director of Prevention updated Members on the HMICFRS Improvement Plan following the inspection report dated 15 December 2021.

Members noted that this was the last update covering up to the end of August 2023 with work continuing to discharge from the improvement plan.

It was anticipated that following the latest inspection in June and July, the formal report would be publicly available in November 2023. The Chief Fire Officer assured Members that although the report was currently embargoed, he was very pleased to receive the report and the significant progress had been acknowledged.

[Cllr R Udall entered the meeting at 10.39am].

Members noted that although this report would be the final update on the Areas for Improvement highlighted in the HMICFRS inspection report dated 15 December 2021, work would continue to progress the remaining actions through to completion.

[Cllr A Hardman entered the meeting at 10.46am].

 RESOLVED that the progress achieved towards addressing the HMICFRS Improvement Plan be noted. In particular that:

i)   86% of the actions in the Improvement Plan were now complete;

ii)  work continued during Q2 to progress the remaining actions through to completion; and

iii) this report would be the final update on the Areas for Improvement highlighted in the HMICFRS inspection report dated 15 December 2021.

To provide Members with a review of Unwanted Fire Signals and to consider the benefits/disbenefits of attending in response to automatic fire alarms.

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The Chief Fire Officer provided Members with a review of Unwanted Fire Signals and to consider the benefits/disbenefits of attending in response to automatic fire alarms.

The HMICFRS had identified the Service should ensure it effectively addresses the burden of false alarms, therefore this review was timely and necessary.

A range of options to decrease the number of false alarms was put to Members. Following discussion, Members agreed that the best option was to introduce a risk-based call filtering methodology during the hours of 08:00 to 18:00 for specific categories of calls using the nationally recognised FSEC premises risk groupings. This would allow the Authority to determine and maintain a prompt response to higher risk premises and those premises where a refined call filtering process may be applied.

Members were assured that Fire Control operators would be trained to issue supportive advice to those properties not being attended as a result of this proposal. A range of measures would also be taken to warn and prepare those premises likely to be affected.

Members agreed that a review in three years would be appropriate, with flexibility to bring the date forward if Members deemed it necessary.

RESOLVED that:

i)   HWFRS continue the existing policy of maintaining an effective response to AFAs at all premises where there is a sleeping risk, including:

  • domestic dwellings; and
  •  other residential premises (FSEC Groups A and B) such as;

Hospitals

Care Homes

Houses in multiple occupation

Hostels

Hotels;

ii)  a risk-based call filtering methodology be introduced during the lower risk periods 08:00-18:00 hrs for AFAs at commercial premises within Fire Service Emergency Cover Groups C and D (but excluding public buildings and places of further education and schools) i.e.

Shops

Factories

Offices

Other Workplaces;

iii) the previous decision taken in September 2013 of not charging for false alarm AFAs on the grounds that the cost of recovery measures were likely to exceed the income generated, be reaffirmed; and a further review of the policy be undertaken within three years (or sooner as appropriate).

To update the Fire Authority on progress of the Fire Alliance Fire Control Project.

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The Deputy Chief Fire Officer updated Members on the progress of the Fire Alliance Fire Control Project.

Members were pleased to note that the contract for the procurement of a jointly funded Command and Control system had been awarded to Motorola. This would provide more resilience with being able to lean into other Fire Services should the need arise. The replacement system would provide a more reliable, flexible and resilient product with increased functionality to better support the work of the control staff and streamline the flow of information between the control rooms and operational crews which mitigates risk to firefighters and the public.

Working in partnership has not only benefitted significant cost savings but also improved the ability to scale up operations to deal with multiple calls and major incidents.

RESOLVED that the decision to award the contract for a new joint fire control system in partnership with Shropshire FRS, Cleveland FRS and County Durham & Darlington FRS to Motorola, following a competitive procurement exercise, be noted and approved.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2023.
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The Chairman of the Committee presented the minutes of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 19 July 2023.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 19 July 2023 be received and noted.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2023.

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The Vice-Chairman of the Committee presented the minutes of the Appointments Committee meeting held on 12 September 2023.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Appointments Committee meeting held on 12 September 2023 be received and noted.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2023.
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The Chairman of the Committee presented the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting held on 12 September 2023.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting held on 12 September 2023 be received and noted.

At the end of the meeting the Vice-Chairman informed Members that a contract was in the process of being agreed for the temporary site of Hereford Fire Station and Members would be informed as soon as the contracts had been signed.

Members were also reminded of the Resource Review briefing sessions that were being held in November, details had been emailed to Members and a response for attendance was requested as soon as possible.

Declarations of Interests

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

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