Structure of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (the Authority)
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is a statutory body made up of 12 local Councillors for the District Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Committee Structure and Meetings
The Fire and Rescue Authority operates through a number of committees and boards
- Authority, Appeals and Standards Committee, Appointments Committee, Audit and Governance Committee, Local Pension Board, Principle Officer Review Committees, Performance and Scrutiny Board and Stakeholder Planning Board.
South Yorkshire Joint Authorities Governance Unit publish agendas, minutes and operate a live webcast of some of these meetings.
Our Constitution sets out how the Authority works, how decisions are made and procedures followed to ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability to local people.
Structure of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (the Service)
SYFR employ 896 staff to fight fires, carry out rescues, enforce fire safety legislation, educate the public in safety matters and provide vital support services (figures as at 31 March 2019 full time equivalent).
- Wholetime – 573
- On Call – 80
- Control – 28
- Support – 215
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Geographical Area of Operation
SYFR provides services to the whole of South Yorkshire, covering an area of approximately 600 square miles and a population of 1.4 million across the 4 metropolitan districts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
21 fire stations are located within the four districts, support from our Headquarters in Sheffield. Enter your postcode in our fire station locator to find your local station.
Our Training and Development Centre in Sheffield provides specialist training and our support facilities at Rotherham are for both supplies and fleet maintenance.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority role and responsibilities
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue responsibilities include
- promoting community safety through education or practical steps such as fitting smoke alarms;
- firefighting and protecting life and property;
- rescuing people from road traffic, rail or air collisions;
- dealing with other emergencies such as floods, chemical biological radiological or nuclear incidents, including terrorism
These duties fall under –
- Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
- Civil Contingencies Act 2004
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
- Fire and Rescue National Framework for England.
Relationship with other authorities
SYFR work with other Category 1 emergency responders as the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) which together all agencies with a significant role to play in responding to and recovering from the effect of emergencies, and was formed to meet the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
Collaboration is a property area within the Service and is managed by the Deputy Chief Fire Officer and progress is reported to collaboration boards, Corporate Management Board and the Fire and Rescue Authority. The Strategic Plan provides an overview of the key drivers and aims of this collaboration.
SYFR collaborates formally through its local and regional programme with the following three key work streams.
Collaboration programme with South Yorkshire Police managed by specific collaborative governance with membership and decision-making from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police, the Fire and Rescue Authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner, incorporating:
- Joint community safety and fleet departments
- Joint management posts in the above departments and across the Estates and Facilities Management team
- More efficient and effective delivery of services to our shared communities
Collaboration programme with regional Fire and Rescue Services managed through the regional Yorkshire and the Humber Operational Resilience Group (YHORG) Board. Membership of this board from the Fire and Rescue services is Humberside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. Below are the current, key collaborations and the board regularly review and progresses collaborations within the services.
- A project to enable the sharing and co-procurement of specialist fire vehicles
- Gold command resilience
- Joint command and support packs and training, with the aim to co-procure the same command support software and hardware
Co-locations with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) managed by the SYFR property team and progressed through SYFR and Fire and Rescue Authority governance as required, including:
- Two service co-locations in place, with a handful of fire stations with Yorkshire Ambulance Service presence
- A continued dialogue with YAS to progress other co-locations opportunities, as well as to explore smaller scale collaboration activities.