06 October 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service has sound business continuity arrangements according to a new Audit Commission report.

The Audit Commission assessed fire and rescue services across the country to investigate how well they are able to deal with periods of disruption to their normal business.

It looked at business continuity plans, including how fire and rescue services would cope if disruptions are sudden, involve high numbers of staff, last a long time or are widespread.

The report highlighted Northamptonshire fire and rescue service’s business continuity arrangements, noting that the majority of plans in place have been exercised. It also recognised that the service has arrangements to ensure the availability of vehicles, equipment and staff as well as back-up call handling arrangements with another fire and rescue service.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for customers and communities said: “I am pleased that the Audit Commission has recognised that Northamptonshire fire and rescue service has sound business continuity arrangements in place.

“It’s absolutely vital that organisations such as our fire and rescue service are ready to cope with disruptions to their normal business so that they can continue to keep the public safe, even under extremely challenging conditions.”

The full Audit Commission report is available on their website www.audit-commission.gov.uk