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Chief Fire Adviser

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectorate of Fire Services has been renamed as Chief Fire Adviser; and if he will make a statement. (293001)

The 2003 Fire and Rescue Service White Paper proposed the reform of the role of HM Fire Service Inspectorate (HMFSI). Ministers decided that as it was no longer undertaking its original core function of inspecting all fire and rescue services in England, it should be abolished with effect from 1 February 2007. Later that year, the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser’s Unit (CFRA) was established to provide strategic advice and guidance to ministers, civil servants, fire and rescue services in England and other stakeholders (including the devolved Administrations), on the structure, organisation and performance of the Fire and Rescue Service.