• Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridge

Fire Governance Consultation

This consultation closed on o4 September 2017

This consultation sought people’s views on options for changing the governance arrangements for the fire and rescue service in Cambridgeshire.

This follows government legislation to promote greater joint working between emergency service organisations.

Four options have been evaluated and the resulting report (The Business Case) recommends the option whereby the Police and Crime Commissioner would take over the governance of the fire and rescue service in Cambridgeshire.

This option proposes that the Police and Crime Commissioner becomes the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and has overall responsibility for the governance of both Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Next steps (estimated dates)

04 Sep 2017               Consultation closes

04 – 30 Sep                Prepare consultation report. Review and update business case in response to consultation comments.

Oct                             Submit to Home Office (submission will be published on this page).

Oct – Dec                   Home Office to review business case

Dec 2017                    Home Office decision on whether to approve business case

Jan – Mar 2018          If approved, prepare for transition to new governance arrangements

01 Apr 2018                Implementation of new governance arrangements


Background documents



Read the two page briefing





Read the Executive Summary (7 pages)  




Read the Full Business Case (89 pages)





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)





Plain English Version





EASYREAD version




What will change?

The Fire and Rescue Service is currently overseen by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority. The business case recommends that governance of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service transfers to the Police and Crime Commissioner who would become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

  • Operational responsibility for fire and police would remain with the Chief Fire Officer and the  Chief Constable.
  • The PFCC would continue to be responsible for setting policing priorities through the Police and Crime Plan, and have responsibility for controlling police assets.
  • The PFCC would become the holder of fire assets and contracts, as for the police.
  • The PFCC would become the employer of all fire and rescue staff (the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary would continue to employ police officers and staff).
  • The PFCC will be responsible for such things as decisions on fire and rescue service budget and whether new fire service facilities should be built or shared with other emergency services.


Why is this the preferred option?

The Governance model was assessed as the best option as it would enable:

  • Savings through simpler governance processes

It is estimated there will be £1.69 million of savings over 10 years through savings in Fire Authority members’ allowances and the sharing of the Chief Financial Officer post

  • Savings through better use of the fire and police estates

Better use of police and fire estates will initially require investment but is expected to provide financial benefits of £4.34 million over 10 years.

  • Closer and quicker joint working between fire and police, and their local partners improving public safety

Having a single decision making person, the PFCC helps speed up decision making and helps ensure that strategies and decisions are joined up across organisations, therefore improving public safety.

  • Increased accountability through a directly elected Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

You would vote for a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner every four years as you do for a PCC.

  • Operational independence of police and fire is maintained

The operational responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service will sit with the Chief Fire Officer and with the Chief Constable for Police.