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Fire and Rescue Authority recognised as a top performer by Audit Commission

13th February 2009

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (NYFRA) continues to go from strength to strength, according to the latest Audit Commission Report. The Service has set ambitious targets for itself and has been recognised by the Audit Commission as performing well and providing good value for money. This report builds on previous reports which have shown that the Service is being managed effectively and providing a high quality operational Service.

The Audit Commission Report praises the Authority for:

  • serving and protecting the people of North Yorkshire to a high standard and for its work in the community, in particular  its “significant and valued role in partnerships”, including the ‘95 Alive’ road safety partnership
  • providing good value for money, “delivering services for residents more efficiently” and “ensuring tax payers' money is used well”
  • making good progress working with groups that are vulnerable or at risk of disadvantage
  • making improvements in 50% of its key indicators, with 40% remaining in the top quarter of performance nationally
  • its proactive work on enhancing the diversity of its workforce

Councillor Andrew Backhouse, Chair of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s Audit and Performance Review Committee, said: "We are delighted that we have made such noticeable improvements in half of the commission’s key indicators, particularly in terms of our Community Fire Safety work and support provided to vulnerable members of the community. Such work underpins our 10 year vision to save 125 lives that would have otherwise been lost due to fire and other emergencies.

“Despite the lower than expected government funding settlement last year, we are pleased to be shown as keeping cost increases to a minimum and providing good value for money, this is a commendable achievement.

“However, we will not become complacent. We know that there are still areas which can be improved upon, such as continuing to develop the diversity of our workforce – which is still a major issue nationally for the Fire Service - and reducing the high number of false alarm calls which tie up fire crews that may be needed elsewhere.
“We recognise that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has one of the most challenging geographical areas of all English Fire and Rescue Authorities. Every community in that area is important to us and we aim to build on the successes achieved this year and to provide the best service possible in the years to come to all those communities.”

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