Firebuy, the national procurement body for the English Fire and Rescue Service, undertook the procurement process for the Fireguard project at the request of 33 fire and rescue authorities, led by the Chief Fire Officers Association. As a consequence, Firebuy was represented on the board, and received minutes of its meetings produced and distributed by the Chief Fire Officers Association.
The Department has not made any assessment of the reasons for the level of fire and rescue authority participation in the Fireguard project. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 lays down duties for specified ‘Category 1 responders’, including fire and rescue authorities, to assess, plan and advise in relation to emergencies. For a fire and rescue authority, an emergency includes a period of industrial action.