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The Fire Standards Board (FSB) Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Fire Standard is now open for consultation.

This standard is intended to establish a consistent and progressive means for fire & rescue services to assure their capabilities and overall level of readiness, and to guide continuous improvement against mandatory requirements, good and leading practice.

These standards do not introduce any new duties on Fire & Rescue Services. They set out expectations of good and leading practice, which builds on and complement statutory duties under the Emergency Preparedness Act, Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and other relevant legislation.

The standards have been developed in collaboration with the Home Office, the National Fire Chiefs’ Council Business Continuity leads and the National Resilience Assurance Team. Critically, they have been drafted and developed with local emergency responders and apply the JESIP principles, and as a result they reflect a broadly-based and consensus view of ‘what good looks like’, and what fire & rescue services should be looking to implement, achieve and be able to demonstrate.

Please respond to the consultation.  Full details about the consultation, including how to take part can be found on the Fire Standards Board website. An additional news article about the consultation has also been published on the website. Closing date of consultation is 21 February 2022.

Fire Standards Board

The Fire Standards Board (FSB) oversees and commissions professional standards for fire and rescue services across England.

The development of professional standards for fire and rescue services in England is a key element of the government’s fire reform programme.

These standards provide a benchmark for what is expected of services in providing for their communities, and what they need to do to achieve those expectations.

The Fire Standards Board was created to produce these standards. The board is an independently chaired body with members from the National Fire Chiefs Council, the Local Government Association, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the Home Office

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