Avon Fire Authority is the combined fire authority responsible for delivering the functions set out under Part 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 across the four unitary authority areas of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The Fire Authority is committed to continuous improvement. With this in mind it has undertaken an analysis of its governance arrangements and framework to explore ways it can become more efficient and effective.

The Fire Authority is seeking the views of the public and key stakeholders on proposals for change to the Fire Authority.

The Fire Authority would welcome any comments from the public and key stakeholders with regards to the future effectiveness and efficiency of the Fire Authority.  In particular, the Fire Authority wishes to feedback on the following three questions, in order to inform decisions on these matters by the Fire Authority at its Annual Meeting on 8 June 2018.

It is proposed that any reduction in the size of the membership should be effective from the Annual Meeting in June 2019 so that:

·      any potential reduction in numbers is facilitated in an orderly manner and not rushed in for the 2018 Annual Meeting

·      the Fire Authority maintains sufficient Members to meet the additional workloads arising from the current Improvement Programme and ensure effective succession planning in terms of skills and experience between now and the Annual Meeting in 2019.

Three of the four Unitary Authorities have local elections in May 2019 and this provides a natural opportunity to refresh the membership of the Fire Authority.

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The deadline for a response to this consultation is Monday 26 March 2018.