Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee – 13 September 2017

The next meeting of the Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee is being held at 2pm on Wednesday 13 September 2017 (Shire Hall)

The Agenda and Papers have now been published and can be accessed via this link

The reports being presented to the committee include-

  1. Performance Report for Year end (16/17 and Quarter One (17/18)
  2. Fire Service – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate and wider reform programme
  3. Property Rationalisation Programme
  4. Progress on the Digital First Programme

Members of the Public are welcome to attend this meeting.  If you have any questions or queries please contact Helen Barnsley (Democratic Services Officer) via email helenbarnsley@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

Member Development Session – Warwickshire Fire & Rescue

On 4 July 2017 members were invited to Rugby Fire Station as part of the induction programme; which has been developed to ensure that members have the skills and knowledge required to be effective in their role.

The itinerary included welcome and introductions from the Portfolio Holder for Fire & Community Safety, Councillor Howard Roberts and Chief Fire Officer Andy Hickmott. There were presentations from Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Moyney and Programme Manager Ade Mallaban – which introduced members to the Fire Service, their responsibilities and priorities as well as the overall vision for staff.

Members were then given the chance to see some of the equipment used by firefighters including heavy duty cutters for road traffic collisions and boats for water rescues. There was also a demonstration by the Animal Rescue Team who showcased the equipment and skills they have for large animal rescue call outs.

There was a chance for members to see the wide range of prevention work that the Fire Service does – from visits to schools, home safety advice and arson prevention, to the work done with bikers and university students.

This event was well received by the members and gave a valuable insight into the various roles that Warwickshire fire and Rescue provide for our local communities

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Warwickshire County Council – Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be meeting 13 July at 2pm.

Agenda items include –
  • Update on the committee’s work programme for 2015/16
  • A report on the Operational Assessment and Fire Peer Challenge 2013
  • A report proposing a Single Public Property Register of Assets
  • 2 presentations to the Committee – one regarding recent transformations in the Fire Service and a second to provide Members with an update on the Project Management Hub.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting which commences at 14.00 in Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting please contact Helen Barnsley, Democratic Services Officer on 01926 412323

Attached is a link to the papers for that meeting  13 July 2016

Warwickshire County Council – Resources and Fire & Rescue OSC

Warwickshire County Council’s Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be meeting 18 May 2016 at 2pm.

Agenda items include –
  • Update on the committee’s work programme for 2015/16
  • Treasury Management Monitoring Update
  • Transfer of Fire and Rescue Policy and Government
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting which commences at 14.00 in Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting please contact Helen Barnsley, Democratic Services Officer on 01926 412323

Attached is a link to the papers for that meeting – Resources and Fire & Rescue OSC

Warwickshire County Council’s Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Meeting 17 March 2016

Warwickshire County Council’s Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be meeting 17 March 2016 at 2pm.

Agenda items include –
  • Update on the committee’s work programme for 2015/16
  • Update on WCC’s One Organisational Plan
  • Update on the new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting which commences at 14.00 in Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting please contact Helen Barnsley, Democratic Services Officer on 01926 412323

Attached is a link to the papers for that meeting – Resources and Fire & Rescue OSC – 17 March 2016

 

 

Review of 2012 – Communities

Before the first set of scrutiny meetings kick off this year we thought we would look back at the past twelve months and highlight some of the key areas that scrutiny members worked on last year.

Street Lighting

Streetlighting

Part-night street lighting was one of the Council’s most controversial policies of 2012 and it looks as though that will continue through 2013 as the programme is rolled out across the County.

Towards the end of last year a group of Councillors were tasked with looking at the proposals and consider a number of areas including; alternative technologies, the impact on crime and road safety, and the level of savings that would be achieved. The group made a series of recommendations that focused on keeping residents safe and improving communication with the public.

The full report can be read here: Street Lighting Task and Finish Group Report

The issue provoked a lot of negative press attention over the Christmas break and, in response, the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be hosting a special Q&A session with the Cabinet member and street lighting engineers to give people a chance to have an input.

Subsidised Bus Services

Bus Stop

In 2011-12 the budget for subsidised bus services was hit with a major reduction of 45%. Good public transport links are vital for many people in the County and Councillors wanted to know what they could do to help the situation.

A small group of members, working closely with Transport Operations officers, put together proposals for an innovative, low cost set of evening bus services that would run on Friday and Saturday evenings. The services were designed to reduce transport inequality and support the night-time economy across Warwickshire. The Cabinet agreed to consider the proposals as part of the 2013 budget so we’ll soon find out if the proposals become a reality.

The full report can be read here: Bus Services Report

Libraries

Libraries

2012 changed the face of the library network in Warwickshire. We saw the introduction of 12 community libraries that are being run by local community groups, opening hours changed across the County, and the first stages of the mobile library service reconfiguration have been agreed. Scrutiny members have been working to ensure the best possible service is delivered to local people, despite big reductions in funding.

Fire & Rescue

Fire

Warwickshire’s Fire and Rescue Service has been through a period of major structural change and has faced some significant challenges over the past twelve months – but despite this the service has been an open and forthcoming scrutiny partner.

Scrutiny has been involved at every stage of the ongoing implementation of the Fire & Rescue Service Improvement Plan and the updated Integrated Risk Management Plan, and continues to work with the service on keeping Warwickshire residents safe.

Spreading The Word

YouTube

2012 also saw the debut of scrutiny updates on YouTube. We’ve been thinking a lot about how to better connect with people and this was one of our favourite ideas – it’s quick, free and has the potential to reach a lot of people who would never think of coming to one of our meetings in person. Giving more people the opportunity to find out what goes on at our scrutiny meetings will hopefully lead to more people getting involved in future scrutiny work.

Scrutiny videos are posted on our blog and you can find them on the WCC YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Warwickshirenews

Scrutiny visit to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue HQ

Last week, members of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee were given a tour of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Leamington Spa. Fire and Rescue is a major part of the Committee’s remit and visits like this give members an opportunity to learn about the service from the officers on the ground.

The video gives a quick look at what we saw on the tour and includes some thoughts from Gary Phillips, Deputy Chief Fire Officer; Councillor John Whitehouse, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety.

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