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Having considered the evidence gathered by Grant Thornton through an options appraisal at Phase 1 of the project, PCC Lorne Green took the decision in February 2018 to progress to Phase 2 –  exploration of the potential benefits of a change to fire governance and development of a full business case.

That business case included an assessment of how a change of fire governance would be in the interests of either:

  • Economy, efficiency and effectiveness; or
  • Public safety.

The full business case, developed under Phase 2, has now been completed.

After careful consideration of all the evidence presented in the full business case PCC Lorne Green decided there was ‘A Case for Change’ of governance of the county’s fire and rescue service.

The PCC took the decision to progress to Phase 3 of the project – launch of a public consultation.