First fire standards for England published

March 17, 2021

The first four Fire Standards for England will form the basis of future inspection judgements by the HMICFRS.

Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of the Fire Standards Board (FSB), commenting on the publication of the first standards said:  “These Fire Standards are the first of a suite of standards that the Fire Standards Board will be publishing which will cover activities carried out by fire and rescue services.

“The aim of these organisational standards is to drive improvement and enhance professionalism, helping to identify what good practice looks like for the benefit of both fire and rescue service personnel and the communities they serve.”

These first Fire Standards relate to the services’ public facing duties. Each identifies the desired outcome for the community, what services must have in place to achieve that outcome and the expected benefits of achieving it.

They are:

The Fire Standards are principle-based rather than prescriptive. They are available here.


This is valid as of 17th March 2021.

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