Roles and responsibilities
The Chief Fire Officer is head of the paid Service and is responsible to the Fire Authority for all aspects of its operational management.
The Fire Authority is made up of 23 elected Members appointed by Cheshire West and Chester (7), Cheshire East (8) Halton Borough Council (3) and Warrington Borough Council (5). The current political composition of the Authority is Conservative (9) Labour (12) Liberal Democrat (1) and Independent (1).
What do we do?
The role of the Authority is to:
- determine the Annual Budget, agree the numbers of staff
- agree vehicle and resources needed to deliver an efficient service
- approve the Service's plans, policies and strategies
- approve the composition of its Committees, Sub-Committees, Advisory Groups and Task Groups
The Authority normally meets six times each year, in February (Budget meeting), April (Ordinary meeting), June (Annual meeting), September, October and December (Ordinary meetings).
Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the meetings but they may be excluded from the meeting when an item of a confidential nature is being discussed.
At it's annual meeting in June the Authority appoints the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Authority, the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Members of the Policy Committee, Performance and Overview Committee and the Standards Committee.
It also approves the membership of all other bodies within the political structure - click the link on this page to see a full list of the membership of these bodies.
The Policy Committee
The Policy Committee comprises of 10 Members of the Authority (4 Conservative 5 Labour, 1 Independent Member) and is responsible for most of the day to day decisions of the Authority. In December 2004 Members agreed to give the Committee greater powers to take decisions.
The functions of the Committee include the development, monitoring and review of the Authority's policies, responding to consultation documents published by Central Government and preparing and monitoring regional plans and work-streams in collaboration with the North West Fire and Rescue Management Board.
The Governance and Constitution Committee - (formally Standards Committee)
The Governance and Constitution Committee comprises 6 Members of the Authority (2 Conservative, 3 Labour, 1 Democratic and 3 Independent Members)
This Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Authority discharges its functions in accordance with the legislation that applies to local government. It promotes high standards of ethical behaviour and deals with issues such as the declaration of Members' interests and the application of the Code of Conduct for Members and Officers.
The Performance and Overview Committee
The Performance and Overview Committee was established in December 2004 and comprises 7 Members of the Authority (3 Conservative, 4 Labour Members )
This Committee performs a wide range of functions relating to the monitoring of performance, reviewing decisions and undertaking cross service reviews of individuals areas of business.