The Fire Authority has long been a keen supporter of regional working, believing in the value of sharing ideas, time and resources to find ways of doing things better.
Between 2003 and 2011 it was an active member of the East Midlands Regional Management Board (RMB), which brought together the five fire and rescue authorities in the region (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire) to work on various projects.
Significant progress was made during that time, including:
- Standardised recruitment, assessment and development for all our firefighters.
- New equipment and training for firefighters on resources that can be used locally, regionally and nationally, thereby strengthening the response to major incidents.
- Joint working on fire investigation, including the provision of a regional fire investigation dog.
- The introduction of regional procurement and a joint finance system, helping to save money by working together.
- Closer collaboration on health and safety issues.
In April 2011, after eight years of successful joint working, the RMB was replaced by a new East Midlands Fire Forum. The dissolution of the RMB was in response to Government advice, but the Fire Forum supports on-going collaboration and helps to take forward the development of fire and rescue services in Nottinghamshire, and across the region.