Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner now has the same responsibility for the county’s fire and rescue service.
Stephen Mold’s job is now also to hold the Chief Fire Officer to account as well as the Chief Constable.
Governance has transferred from Northamptonshire County Council.
The day-to-day business of the Fire Service will carry on as it is now, with its own chief officers retaining operational independence.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said that the transfer of governance will help bring stability and autonomy to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. The transfer will also allow the two emergency services to work more closely together where that improves their performance and the service provided to the public.
Ways to bring together enabling services such as vehicle maintenance, IT, HR and finance to support both organisations are already being explored. This, alongside the potential sharing of resources and buildings, should help both organisations to make savings and ensure that the maximum amount of money is available to focus on frontline services.
Under the governance of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, the budget for the Fire Service will now be ring-fenced – it can only be used for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and not for any other purpose.
And the precept – the part of the council tax that goes towards the funding of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service – will be shown separately on council tax bills for the first time.