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Staffordshire Commissioner to review Fire & Rescue performance at public meeting

Fire & Rescue culture, increasing demand and the challenges of extreme weather are among the topics Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime Ben Adams will discuss with Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber at a public meeting on Wednesday 10 May.

The Fire Public Performance Meeting will be broadcast live online from 1pm.

Mr Adams said: “These meetings give the public the chance to hear directly from their Chief Fire Officer about the work he is leading across Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service to keep our communities safe.

“The work that modern Fire & Rescue Services undertake continues to change, and the demands they face as a result of climate change and other challenges are more complex and varied than ever before.

“I’ll be talking to the Chief Fire Officer about how the Service is adapting to meet those challenges, and would encourage people to follow the meeting online to find out more.”

Topics discussed will include:

  • The ongoing work to ensure a positive culture within Staffordshire Fire & Rescue, in light of national recommendations in His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services’ report on values and culture;
  • The Service’s response to the very cold weather seen in recent months, which led to an increase in calls for assistance, particularly from elderly or vulnerable residents;
  • How the Service protects people most at risk from fire, through activities such as the Community Sprinkler Project and ‘safe and well’ visits to vulnerable members of our communities;
  • The Service’s engagement with young people, including the Prince’s Trust, the Safe+Sound educational programme, and support for students on the county’s Uniformed Public Services courses.

The Fire Public Performance Meeting will be streamed live, and will also be available to view online afterwards. Find out more and watch the full meeting here: Fire Public Performance Meeting – Staffordshire Commissioner (

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