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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority

The Fire & Rescue Authority is funded partly by the Government through the Revenue Support Grant and National Non-Domestic Rates, and partly by the local tax payer in the form of Council Tax.

The Fire & Rescue Authority is a separate entity from the Fire & Rescue Service and operates within a legal framework, which is heavily influenced by Central Government.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is accountable to the Fire & Rescue Authority, which sets out rigorous guidelines and is responsible for setting the level of revenue funding and the costs incurred in running a front line service.

How we make decisions

The Service's strategic decisions are driven by the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority in conjunction with the Strategic Leadership Team. Details of meetings of the Fire & Rescue Authority open to the public can be found in our Meetings section.

FRA Members

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority consists of 16 councillors; 12 are from Derbyshire County Council and 4 are from Derby City Council.

Members are able to claim various allowances in connection with carrying out their duties as a councillor. Details of these allowances, reference documents for the members and the annual governance statements can be accessed through the documents section.

The Chair of the Fire & Rescue Authority is Cllr Trevor Ainsworth and the Vice Chair is Cllr Ged Potter. The Independent Person is Peter Wilkinson.

Basic information about the members of the Fire & Rescue Authority are listed below, where available electronic versions of each members declaration of interest form will be provided and links to more information about the member included. Some links may take you to external websites.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service cannot be held responsible for the content of external sites.

Trevor Ainsworth - CHAIR

Trevor Ainsworth - CHAIR

Derbyshire County Council
Amber Valley Borough Council

Ged Potter - VICE CHAIR

Ged Potter - VICE CHAIR

Derby City Council
Allestree Ward

Declaration of interests

Richard Llife

Richard Llife

Derbyshire County Council
Heanor Central - Amber Valley Borough Council

Stuart Swann

Stuart Swann

Derbyshire County Council
Linton - South Derbyshire District Council

David Taylor

David Taylor

Derbyshire County Council
Alport and Derwent - Amber Valley Borough Council

Jack Woolley

Jack Woolley

Derbyshire County Council
Sutton - North East Derbyshire District Council

Ludwig Ramsey

Ludwig Ramsey

Derbyshire County Council
Spire - Chesterfield Borough Council

Kevin Gillott

Kevin Gillott

Derbyshire County Council
Clay Cross South - North East Derbyshire District Council

Ruth Skelton

Ruth Skelton

Derby City Council
Blagreaves Ward

Declaration of interests

Evonne Williams

Evonne Williams

Derby City Council
Spondon Ward

Declaration of interests

Steve Bull

Steve Bull

Derbyshire County Council
Ashbourne Division

Declaration of interests

Sue Burfoot

Sue Burfoot

Derbyshire County Council
Matlock Division

Declaration of interests

Jean Innes

Jean Innes

Derbyshire County Council
St Mary's Division

Declaration of interests

Ron Ashton

Ron Ashton

Derbyshire County Council
Ripley East and Codnor Division

Declaration of interests

Wayne Major

Wayne Major

Derbyshire County Council
Sandiacre Division

Declaration of interests

FRA Annual Work Programme

The Fire Authority's Work Programme which contains a break down of the terms of reference by meeting.

FRA Committee Annual Work Programme 2020-21.pdf (pdf 88.31 KB)

Meetings

The Fire & Rescue Authority holds a number of meetings throughout the year, one of which is the annual general meeting (AGM) during which a Chair and Vice Chair for the following year are elected. A further five meetings a year are held, one of which includes the Annual Budget.

Terms of Reference

The Fire Authority meetings deal with the following issues which are known as its terms of reference:

  • Statutory / Regulatory
  • Reviews / Approvals
  • Financial

Public attendance at meetings

  • All meetings are open to the public and media.
  • All meetings take place at 10:30 am at the Fire Service JTC in Ripley unless otherwise stated below.
  • From 6 May 2021, all public meetings will take place physically, while following social distancing guidelines. Members of the public wishing to attend a full Fire & Rescue Authority Meeting are encouraged to contact the Fire Authority’s Monitoring Officer as capacity will be very limited.
  • Directions to the JTC (Joint Training Centre)

Details of public meetings will be published in advance

  • Agendas and Reports for full Fire Authority meetings are published and available online seven working days before each meeting.
  • The dates and times for full Fire Authority meetings are detailed below.

Filming by members of the public and press

  • Members of the public and press are permitted to film or record Councillors (Members) and officers at full Fire Authority meetings that are open to the public and press.

Tweeting or blogging by members of the public and press

  • The Fire Authority permits social media reporting of all its public meetings.

Photography

  • The Fire Authority permits photography at all of its public meetings
     

FRA Meeting dates

Planned

  • FRA Meeting - 2 Dec 2021
  • FRA Meeting - 10 Feb 2022
  • FRA Meeting - 24 Mar 2022
  • FRA Meeting - 30 Jun 2022 (AGM)

FRA Meeting - 23 Sept 2021

Fire & Rescue Authority Meeting Papers 2021-09-23 - OPEN (pdf 3,667.00 KB)

FRA Meeting - 22 July 2021 (AGM)

Fire & Rescue Authority Meeting Papers 2021-07-22 - OPEN (pdf 8,287.87 KB)

FRA Meeting - 25 March 2021

This meeting was streamed live on YouTube

Fire & Rescue Authority Meeting Papers 2021-03-25 - OPEN (pdf 5,567.59 KB)

FRA Meeting - 11 February 2021

This meeting was streamed live on YouTube

Fire & Rescue Authority Meeting Papers - 11 February 2021 - OPEN (pdf 3,092.13 KB)

FRA Meeting - 26 November 2020

This meeting was streamed live on YouTube

Fire & Rescue Authority Meeting Papers - 26 November 2020 - OPEN (pdf 12,846.21 KB)

FRA Meeting - 24 September 2020 Open (Postponed AGM)

This meeting was streamed live on YouTube

FRA Meeting - 23 July 2020 Open

Virtual Webex meeting

FRA Meeting - 18 June 2020

In relation to the Fire & Rescue Authority meeting scheduled for Thursday 18 June, Councillor Kevin Buttery, Chair of the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority, and Chief Fire Officer Gavin Tomlinson have agreed that in light of the current coronavirus crisis, and following the advice of the Prime Minister to avoid social contact, the Annual General Meeting of the full Fire Authority due to take place on Thursday 18 June 2020 will be postponed. The AGM will be scheduled for later in the year but provisional arrangements are being made for a meeting of the Fire & Rescue Authority on Thursday 23 July 2020. A decision will be made nearer the date as to whether or not this meeting will be held in person having regard to the Government guidance at the time. 

This decision has been taken to support the country’s efforts to delay the spread of the coronavirus and help protect those at higher risk due to their age or pre-existing health conditions.  Any public questions received will be answered in writing and published online.

Committee structure

The Fire & Rescue Authority members are involved in a number of working groups and forums that interact with each other and that cover a range of issues. The inter-relating structure of these committees is shown in the image below.

Governance structure showing standards committee reporting into the full committee at the top. Beneath is the fire and rescue authority (fire authority members). Reporting to them are the following working groups. Task & finish as required, governance and performance, budget development, our plan development, brigade managers discipline and grievance, managers pay review, brigade managers appointment, pensions board. The inclusion and equality forum meetings also report to the authority.

Fire Authority Members Handbook

FRA Members Handbook 2021-22 (pdf 3,110.07 KB)

Fire Authority Member Resources

Documents that provide information and advice for the members of the Fire & Rescue Authority are available below to view or download.

Annual Governance Statement

The Fire and Rescue National Framework for England states that fire and rescue authorities and their services remain free to operate in a way that enables the most efficient and effective delivery of their services. However, this freedom and flexibility means that fire and rescue services need to demonstrate that they are accountable to their communities and transparent and states that each Fire and Rescue authority must provide annual assurance by producing a Statement of Assurance on the following key areas:

  • financial information
  • governance
  • operational matters
  • framework requirements
  • future improvements

Annual Governance Statement 2020-21 (pdf 300.99 KB)

Annual Statement of Assurance 2020-2021 (pdf 4,423.76 KB)

Feedback and questions

Do you have a question you would like to ask at a Fire & Rescue Authority, would you like to submit a petition to support your viewpoint, do you have a complaint you would like to make about the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority or the conduct of its members?

This page contains specific information for submitting feedback and questions regarding the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority. If you wish to view the feedback and complaints information for the wider Fire & Rescue Service please visit the general feedback and complaints page.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority is keen to receive feedback from all residents, visitors and from people working or studying in Derbyshire.

Please read the following information that is relevant to how you would like to submit your question or feedback.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority is keen to receive feedback from all residents, visitors and from people working or studying in Derbyshire.

Please read the following information that is relevant to how you would like to submit your question or feedback.

Public Question Time

Members of the public can ask questions at the meetings of the full Fire & Rescue Authority. Any questions you wish to ask need to be put down in writing and sent to the Clerk to the Fire Authority at least 10 days before the date of the meeting by either of the following methods:

  • E-mail
    Send an e-mail to mailto:ltaylor@derbys-fire.gov.uk
  • In Writing
    Send the details to:

    Solicitor / Monitoring Officer
    Louise Taylor
    DFRS Headquarters
    Butterley Hall
    Ripley
    Derby
    DE5 3RS

If you have any questions about Public Question Time you can contact the Clerk to the Fire & Rescue Authority on 01773 305 305.

Petitions

We recognise that petitions are a useful way to let us know about your concerns.
Any petition must contain the following information:

  • A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition, the area to which the petition relates and what action the petitioners want the Authority to take.
  • The contact details for the petition organiser (lead petitioner) so the Authority knows who to contact.
  • The name, address, postcode and signature of any person supporting the petition.
  • Date the petition is submitted.

A minimum of 10 signatories from 5 separate households is required in order for a response to be made.

Guidance on how to submit a petition and the actions the Authority will take is provided in the Petitions Protocol which can be downloaded below.

Protocol for Submission of Petitions (pdf 199.90 KB)

Concerns and complaints

If you have any concerns about the way in which the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority, or its Members conduct themselves, please contact the Monitoring Officer in confidence in either of the following ways:

  • E-mail
    Send an e-mail to ltaylor@derbys-fire.gov.uk
  • Phone
    On 01773 305 305
  • In Writing
    Send the details to:

    Solicitor / Monitoring Officer
    Louise Taylor
    DFRS Headquarters
    Butterley Hall
    Ripley
    Derby
    DE5 3RS

Your enquiry will be treated confidentially and a response made following investigation of the facts in each case.