Who we are and what we do

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) provides emergency and protection services to the communities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

Our strategic aims are:

  1. Making the Avon area safer by preventing, protecting and responding.
  2. Becoming more efficient, effective and economical.
  3. Continuing to ensure our staff are well supported and their health, safety and welfare is a priority.

Avon Fire Authority (AFA)

AF&RS is controlled by Avon Fire Authority (AFA), which is a Combined Fire Authority, which consists of elected Members of local councillors from across the former Avon area.  The Fire Authority is a legal body and its role is to oversee the policy and service delivery of the fire and rescue service in accordance with various legislative requirements.

All fire and rescue authorities function within a statutory and policy framework including:

Ministerial responsibility for fire and rescue policy now sits under the Home Office.

Please visit the Fire Authority’s website pages to access information about Fire Authority meetings and committees, to download copies of meeting papers, Elected Members, various Governance documents, including the AFA Standing Orders document, which sets out how the Fire Authority meetings are conducted.

Service Leadership Board (SLB)

On a day-to-day basis AF&RS is run by the Service Leadership Board (SLB), which includes the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive. The SLB is responsible for strategic decisions and operations, and work on behalf of the elected Members of the Fire Authority.

Organisational Charts

The above link will provide information about each Service area (Directorate) that members of SMB are responsible for.  In addition, we publish a Directorate post count:

AFRS Directorate Post Count (pdf 110 KB)

Our Assets

The above link will provide access to our premises information and fleet lists.