Partnerships and collaborative working

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service (CFRCS) Service have a clear commitment to work in partnership with local and regional partners, ensuring the whole community throughout Cornwall receives the best possible protection, prevention and response possible.

The benefits of partnership working with the community and partner organisations means issues are addressed at a grass root level, encouraging innovation; leading to sustained improvements in community safety and effective and efficient use of everyone’s resources.

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A Partnership Steering Group, chaired by the Assistant Chief Fire Officer, monitors the progress of, and identifies new opportunities for, partnership working with Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service. This not only ensures that our partnerships contribute to our Mission of ‘Working Together to Make Cornwall Safer’ but also our key risks and Service objectives.

On this page you will find information about some of our key partnerships and links to their websites.  If your organisation would like to work in partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service contact us by email at: fire@.cornwall.gov.uk or telephone: 01872 327999.

Below are just some of the organisations we work with on a regular basis:

The Safer Cornwall Partnership main aim is to reduce crime through working in partnership. The main focus is to reduce crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and hate crime, reoffending and substance misuse.  

View our page on information about how we are working in partnership with other emergency services - Blue Light Collaboration

If you own, manage or operate a business, charity or other organisation, you need to comply with fire safety laws. The main law is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which applies across England and Wales.

From 6 April 2014 fire and rescue services in England and Wales will be able to enter into partnerships with businesses, charities or other organisations which operate across more than one local authority fire enforcement area - becoming their single point of contact for fire safety regulation advice.

The aim of the Primary Authority Partnership scheme is for fire and rescue services to develop effective partnerships with businesses that achieve a national consistency in delivering fire safety enforcement advice.

The scheme will also allow fire authorities to recover costs from its partner organisations.

Key elements of Primary Authority schemes:

  • Providing reliable and consistent regulatory advice that the business requires in relation to fire safety.
  • If a fire and rescue service has concerns about how a business, which has a Primary Authority partnership with a different fire and rescue service, is complying with fire safety regulations it will discuss the issue with the Primary Authority at an early stage
  • If a fire and rescue service believes that there is a statutory requirement for taking enforcement action it will notify the Primary Authority of the action it proposes to take. However, in some cases there will be a need for enforcement action to proceed immediately, for example where action is needed urgently to ensure the safety of employees or members of the public.
  • Where actions of a business are potentially subject to enforcement action by a fire and rescue service, the  business’s Primary Authority will advise the fire and rescue service on whether it has given the relevant fire safety advice to the business and whether the enforcement action being proposed is consistent with that advice
  • If there is disagreement over whether proposed enforcement action is consistent with the advice given by the Primary Authority the Better Regulation Delivery Office is empowered to determine what, if any, action should be taken.

Who can enter into a Primary Authority Scheme?

The Primary Authority scheme is open to any business, charity or other organisation that is regulated by two or more fire and rescue services under the  Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

A Primary Authority scheme is most likely to benefit businesses with premises in a number of local authority areas.

You can choose which fire and rescue service that you would like to enter into a Primary Authority Scheme with; it doesn’t have to be the one nearest to your head office or in the county where you have the greatest number of outlets.

Remember, a Primary Authority Scheme is a partnership arrangement so you should take time to ensure that the fire and rescue service that you choose to partner with is right for your business and can offer what you are hoping to get out of the scheme.

For more information on entering a Primary Authority partnership with Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service please contact us by email at: csadmin@.cornwall.gov.uk or telephone: 01726 223620.