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Police and Crime Commissioner insists it’s “business as usual” for firefighters as he takes on governance of fire service

It is “business as usual” for firefighters, according to Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner as the governance of the fire service transfers to him.

The Home Office backed proposals for the change four months ago and the switch formally takes place today.

Matthew Ellis will now take on the role of Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

But he insisted day-to-day operations at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would not change.

“To all intents and purposes today is business as usual as far as fire operations are concerned,” he said.

“It’s important to understand this is not, and never has been, a merger of police and fire. Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will remain separate entities with separate budgets and staff.

“The only area where that will change significantly is developing a shared approach, as set out in the business case, to some support and administrative functions.

“Work is also underway to take forward initial ideas from the two services around how police and fire can work better together generally.

“The principles around this work are to find ways of ensuring more of the money available overall is allocated to both services for work in the heart of communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”

To help smooth the transition, the Commissioner has held open discussions with firefighters in the last few months.

He said: “I found the sessions fascinating and I’m grateful to everyone who attended. Not only were they enlightening, the honesty of all firefighters and fire and rescue staff was invaluable.

“The meetings I have had in preparation for the change with leaders of the service and senior officials, have also been helpful and I’m grateful for the time committed.”

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3 Comments

  1. John Griffiin

    1st August, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    A change opposed in many councils, often with 100% opposition across all parties.

  2. nellygb

    1st August, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Here’s my thoughts on it Mr Ellis. I’m aware you are only filling in your days and quite possibly attempting to carve out a future political career (with the backing of our esteemed M.P. given his support for this to happen) but I reckon you have been pulling 100k a year for the job of police and crime commissioner up to this point, a job (and salary) that I would expect calls for you to be full time and full on. Now we have the situation where you are also in control of the fire service budget, another job that I hope you give 100% attention to. So if you have the time now to undertake the role of Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime what have we been paying you 2 grand a week for 6 years for???

    Perhaps you would like to come on here and explain that to us plebs instead of using the pages of this fine website just for your own self promotion. Better still pay some back to the people struggling to get by on zero hour contracts and minimum wage. I’m sure what you have done for six years is no worse than some single mom claiming benefit who’s boyfriend stays over one night too many.

    Just the way I see it Matthew.

  3. AgitatorofPeople

    9th August, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    “It’s important to understand this is not, and never has been, a merger of police and fire”.
    “The only area where that will change significantly is developing a shared approach, as set out in the business case, to some support and administrative functions.”

    Wow there is some veiled double speak in those two statements. “Some support and admin functions” apply pretty much to everybody and everything that is not directly saving somebody in peril, so pretty much everything, conveniently sidestepping the truth that emergency services need properly trained people and decent kit in a support mechanism for it to work properly. And “business case” is usually reserved as a barrier in an argument for services, i.e. Firefighter needs ££ for this essential lifesaving requirement……..oh but the business case doesn’t support that, saving made, no lifesaving essential kit/training/people when an emergency arises, and used again post fatal incident to justify why it could not be provided.

    He clearly has never played Bullshit Speak Bingo in meetings before. How much does he pay himself and his department for this, considerable amounts of money I believe.

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