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Local Fire Authorities and Fire and Rescue Services come under the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). This is the government department which holds responsibility for local councils, housing, urban regeneration, planning and the Fire and Rescue Service.

CLG works closely with Fire Authorities to prevent deaths, injuries and damage to property caused by fire. The Government sets requirements and policies for Fire Authorities through the National Framework. Fire Authorities are regularly assessed to determine their contribution to the National Framework and address key issues in their area with other local authorities and organisations, through arrangements such as Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs).

CLG also works with Fire Authorities to make sure that the U.K. is equipped to deal with major emergencies such as terrorist attacks, extreme weather conditions or natural disasters. They do this by providing support, specialist equipment and training to the Fire and Rescue Service.
Along with other Government departments, CLG supports regional and local organisations to develop their emergency planning capabilities through multi-agency forums with fire, the police, ambulance service and others.

Fire Authorities

Fire & Rescue Services, such as Cheshire, are managed by Fire Authorities, which are made up of locally elected Members. The members of Cheshire Fire Authority are nominated by the local unitary authorities of Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council.