The Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Authority (IOSFRA) is required by legislation to publish a Statement of Assurance regarding its whole operation.
The IOSFRA is a departmental function of the Council of the Isles of Scilly and as such falls under the general requirement of the Council to publish a Statement of Accounts and Annual Governance Statement.
These statements, which can be found on the next line cover all aspects of IOSFRA work other than its operational issues. In order to cover this shortfall an IOSFRA elected member approved statement is provided below.
ISLES OF SCILLY FIRE AND RESUCE AUTHORITY (IOSFRA) STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE (2014/2015)
The IOSFRA has published its 2013-17 Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which provides details of service provision, local strategies and support arrangements. The IRMP was subject to a wide exposure of public consultation agreed by the Fire and Rescue Service parent committee at their meeting on 5th February 2013. The period of consultation ran from the 10th March to 2nd June 2013 and included public awareness, interviews on the local radio station and reports in the local internet based news service.
The IOSFRA is a unique authority in that it has no geographical neighbours therefore any support or assistance it requests needs to come from the mainland. The IOSFRA maintains a service level agreement detailing the services and assistance it can receive from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Authority. The IOSFRA is also a signatory to the national arrangements for mutual assistance.
The Fire and Rescue Service undertook a Local Government Association (LGA) led peer review of its service in October 2014. The review was undertaken by professional uniformed officers, an Elected Council Member from another local authority with experience of fire and rescue service delivery and a support officer from the LGA.
The report generated was presented to and discussed by the Fire and Rescue Authority with a short action plan encompassing those areas of service that may benefit from further development. Overall the outcome of the review report was very positive and encouraging with the delivery of training to support the local Duke of Edinburgh Scheme noted as worthy of national merit.
The report covers the operational provision and delivery of the service which generated little in the way of concern. Day to day support within the islands to ensure the operational effectiveness and delivery of the service has for many years been provided through the airport. With a reorganisation of the way the airport is managed, work to ensure that the delivery of this support service will continue in a transparent and sustainable manner was undertaken. This has resulted in a detailed service level agreement between the fire and rescue service and the airport. This agreement has been agreed by the Council. The agreement details the level and quantity of support that will be provided by the airport with options to vary the work as required to meet fire and rescue service needs.
The service has responded to the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England and introduced a physical fitness testing program for operational firefighting staff to compliment the existing occupational health scheme.
The Fire and Rescue Authority is mindful of the continued economic drive to reduce the burden of the costs of services many of which are as a result of central government initiatives and budget cuts. The potential for some level of reorganisation of how fire and rescue services are organised and delivered have arisen as a result of the report by Sir Ken Knight on the opportunities to save money within the fire and rescue service community. An ongoing monitoring and analysis of these developments and how they may affect the service on the islands will be maintained.