From brigade to service: An examination of the role of fire and rescue services in modern local government

Matheson, K., Manning, R. and Williams, S. (2011) From brigade to service: An examination of the role of fire and rescue services in modern local government. Local Government Studies, 37 (4). pp. 451-465. ISSN 0300-3930

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2011.588701

Abstract

Over the last ten years, local government modernisation and the growth of community safety agendas have called for change in the public sector at a local level. This has been typified by partnership work, improvement and inspection and community governance. The fire and rescue services, despite some initial cultural difficulties, haveworked hard to adapt themselves to modern local government, for example through community fire safety work, which is presented as a case study. However, the culmination of the modernisation project, Comprehensive Area Assessment, does not favour the fire and rescue service, and to an extent excludes them from its formula. In this light, it seems that there is little incentive for the Fire Service to continue its modernising trajectory.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:fire service modernisation, local government modernisation, CAA, community safety
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:15926
Deposited By: K. Matheson
Deposited On:03 Nov 2011 12:52
Last Modified:01 Aug 2014 00:24

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