The Staffordshire Commissioner became responsible for the governance of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service, in addition to his existing role overseeing Staffordshire Police, from August 1, 2018.
The Commissioner made it clear from the outset the move would not affect frontline operations at the fire and rescue service, but it would bring the opportunity to further improve the way police and fire work together.
Staffordshire is a large and diverse county and it’s important the future for both services is financially more secure with a period of stability to get on with the difficult jobs they do.
In much the same way as he does with police, the Commissioner is responsible for delivering the strategic vision and holding the Chief Fire Officer to account in delivering that vision.
He has oversight and applies scrutiny and in turn the Police, Fire and Crime Panel reviews and scrutinises publicly his decisions – an important check and balance in the system.
The Staffordshire Commissioner also handles complaints and conduct matters in relation to the Chief Fire Officer.
He will receive all funding, including the government grant, and other sources of income related to fire and rescue services. But it’s important to note both Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service remain separate organisations with separate budgets, staff and governance processes.
The former Fire and Rescue Authority ceased to exist from August 1, but if you want to look at any of the minutes from their public meetings or historical information, this can be found in the publication scheme.
To find out more about the Staffordshire Commissioner, go to the Staffordshire Commissioner's website.