Matheson, K., Manning, R. and Williams, S.
From brigade to service: An examination of the role of fire and rescue services in modern local government.
Local Government Studies, 37 (4).
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2011.588701
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.
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