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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 Kevin Buttery and the Vice Chair is Cllr Ruth Skelton. 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.

Kevin Buttery

Kevin Buttery

Fire & Rescue Authority Chair
Derbyshire County Council - Horsley Division

Kevin Buttery.pdf

Ruth Skelton

Ruth Skelton

Fire & Rescue Authority Vice Chair
Derby City Council - Blagreaves Ward

Ruth Skelton.pdf

Steve Marshall-Clarke

Steve Marshall-Clarke

Derbyshire County Council
Alfreton and Somercotes Division

Steve Marshall-Clarke.pdf

Julie Patten

Julie Patten

Derbyshire County Council
Hilton Ward

Julie Patten.pdf

Evonne Williams

Evonne Williams

Derby City Council
Spondon Ward

Evonne Williams.pdf

Steve Bull

Steve Bull

Derbyshire County Council
Ashbourne Division

Steve Bull.pdf

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Derbyshire County Council
Alfreton and Somercotes Division

Paul Smith.pdf

Sue Burfoot

Sue Burfoot

Derbyshire County Council
Matlock Division

Susan Burfoot.pdf

Jim Perkins

Jim Perkins

Derbyshire County Council
Chapel and Hope Valley Division

Declaration of Interests

Linda Chilton

Linda Chilton

Derbyshire County Council
Melbourne Division

Linda Chilton.pdf

Paul Pegg

Paul Pegg

Derby City Council
Mackworth Division

Paul Pegg.pdf

Jean Innes

Jean Innes

Derby County Council
St Mary's Division

Jean Innes.pdf

Ron Ashton

Ron Ashton

Derby County Council
Ripley East and Codnor Division

Ron Ashton.pdf

Stuart Brittain

Stuart Brittain

Derby County Council
Brimington Division

Stuart Brittain.pdf

Wayne Major

Wayne Major

Derby County Council
Sandiacre Division

Wayne Major.pdf

Ged Potter

Ged Potter

Derby City Council
Allestree Ward

Ged Potter.pdf

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

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

FRA Committee Annual Work Programme 2019-20.pdf (pdf 396.21 KB)

FRA Meeting dates

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.

Directions to the JTC (Joint Training Centre)

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.

Committee Structure

Fire Authority Members Handbook

FRA Members Handbook 2019-20 (pdf 2,461.83 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 2018-19

The Fire and Rescue National Framework for England, published in May 2018, 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 2018-19 (pdf 293.32 KB)

Annual Statement of Assurance (pdf 1,094.16 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.