Agenda and minutes

Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority - Policy and Strategy
Friday, 8th November, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Fire and Rescue Services HQ, Bestwood Lodge, Arnold Nottingham NG5 8PD

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Councillors Toby Neal and Sybil Fielding for slight lateness due to exceptionally heavy traffic.





John Buckley, Chief Fire Officer, declared a personal interest in agenda item 4, (minute 12), Principal Officer Pay Review, in so much as it impacted directly on him. John Buckley withdrew from the meeting prior to consideration of the item and only returned once the item has concluded.


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Of the meeting held on 12 July 2019 (for confirmation).


The minutes of the meeting held on 12 July 2019 were confirmed to true record and signed by the Chair.



Joint Report of the Clerk and Treasurer to the Fire and Rescue Authority


Having declared an interest under minute 10, prior to the Committee’s consideration of the item, John Buckley, Chief Fire Officer withdrew from the room and did not return until the item was concluded.


Malcolm Townroe, Clerk to the Authority, presented the joint report of the Clerk and Treasurer, summarising that the pay review takes place every two years and is compared to the Chief Fire Officer base salary of 18 similar Fire and Rescue Services nationally.

To date the Committee and Authority have been satisfied that the current pay figure, which is within the median of the pay scale, is appropriate.


Members of the Committee commented as follows:


(a)  given the level of responsibility and the important and far-reaching work undertaken by the Chief Fire Officer, it is appropriate for principal pay to remain at the current level, slightly above the median;


(b)  even with consideration of the impact of austerity on the Service, continuation of the current pay level is agreeable.


With the range in Chief Fire Officer pay between £119,748 and £164,020, members of the committee requested further information in future reports on the make-up and responsibilities of the Services listed, to better enable a comparison with NFRS.


RESOLVED for the recommendation to be submitted to the next Fire and Rescue Authority meeting to agree continuation at the current Principal Officer Pay Level, as of 1 January 2020.




Report of the Chief Fire Officer



John Buckley, Chief Fire Officer, presented the report which provides a formal update on collaboration taking place across the Service. Becky Smeathers, Head of Finance and attendee of the Joint Headquarters Project Management Board, also contributed.


The following points were highlighted:


Joint Control Centre. There have been a few teething issues and the transition period is ongoing, but overall it is working well. There are still differences between the way that Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Fire Services operate, but these are being aligned to best practice with both services working closely to achieve this. It is anticipated that both services will be operating on the same airwave channel by 2022. Overnight flooding in areas across the region have stretched Services but all continue to work well. 


Joint Headquarters. Progress is awaiting news on planning permission being granted pending the outcome of a safety review of the A60/ Burntstump Hill junction. Dependent on the findings and if any works are recommended, there may be an additional charge to cover or contribute towards the costs of works. Ian Prichard, Assistant Chief Officer, continues to meet regularly with Police colleagues.


Highfields Fire Station. Police colleagues are now established on site.


West Bridgford Police and Fire Station. It is anticipated that the planning permission required for some adaptations, will be achieved in the New Year.


Hucknall Joint Emergency Services Hub. Work is ongoing but once complete the site of the Hucknall Fire Station will be released.


Joint learning and development. An external provider is being sought for the ILM L5 certificate in management, which will also be accessed by police colleagues. Joint mentoring programs are also being explored. The Fire Service Training Houses at Carlton and Retford Fire Stations are being used regularly for Police training.


Prevention. The joint prevention strategy is being produced with police colleagues including a reinvigorated Road Safety Prevention Strategy, and potentially a Joint Specialist Home Safety Team.


Joint Police and Fire Cadets Programme. One course has been completed and the next is due to start shortly. It is hoped that the cadets programme will appeal to some of the young people who may previously have accessed the Prince’s Trust scheme.


Emergency Planning and Resilience. An agreement is now in place allowing the police to access NFRS fuel bunkers. The cost of fuel is recharged, but with a larger volume required a lower price has been achieved and there is a contribution towards bunker maintenance. NFRS has access to two police drones and pilots, which will prove valuable in assessing incident sites.


Access to fire stations for welfare. Police officers now have access to fire stations for rest facilities.


Fire investigation and crime scene investigation (CSI) co-location. It is proposed that to improve information intelligence sharing, NFRS will co-locate with police investigation colleagues at Sherwood Lodge, prior to occupying the joint headquarters.

New legislation has been introduced regarding evidence, which the police already comply with, and so will be able to support the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.