Avon Fire Authority

What is Avon Fire Authority?

Avon Fire Authority is responsible for making provision for promoting fire safety, undertaking fire-fighting, rescues from road traffic accidents and responding to other emergencies in the area covered by the 4 Councils in the former Avon area. The Fire Authority consists of 20 councillors appointed by the Councils in proportion to the number of people entitled to vote in their respective areas:
Bath & North East Somerset: 3 Members
Bristol: 8 Members
North Somerset: 4 Members
South Gloucestershire: 5 Members
The Fire Authority was established in 1996 after Avon County Council was abolished. This had previously provided the fire and rescue service in our area. The Fire Authority is sometimes referred to as the 'Combined Fire Authority' which reflects its legal status.
The Fire Authority owns the land, buildings, vehicles and equipment; and employs the staff to deliver a fire and rescue service.

What do AFA Members do?

The Fire Authority has the legal responsibility for delivery of a fire and rescue service but employs a Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive to manage the organisation on a day-to-day basis.  Members focus on:
  • Setting the council tax / budget.
  • Determining the Fire Authority's priorities and objectives for the purposes of the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) and approving the IRMP.
  • Approving the Statement of Assurance and Annual Governance Statement.
  • Approving the Annual Statement of Accounts.
  • Appointing, suspending or dismissing the Chief Fire Officer (CFO), the Deputy CFO and the Statutory Officers.
  • Holding the CFO to account for the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of service delivery and continuous improvement in implementing the Fire Authority’s vision, mission, values, objectives, priorities, plans and strategies.
  • Holding the Statutory Officers to account for the discharge of their statutory functions.
  • Approving a pay policy statement.
  • Approving arrangements:
    • to enter into a reinforcement scheme
    • with other employers of firefighters
    • for discharge of functions by others.
  • Approving business continuity plans to enable the Fire Authority to perform its fire and rescue functions if an emergency occurs.
  • Approving any arrangements for the co-operation with Category 1 and 2 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
  • Appointing a local auditor and deciding whether to enter into a liability limitation agreement.