Last month, the Home Secretary set out her vision for the fire and rescue service in England. One element is to bring greater transparency to the fire and rescue sector by publishing more service information to the public online, just as the Home Office has done with policing. By making information more accessible, members of the public can compare fire and rescue services in England on issues like performance, value for money and diversity, monitor trends over time and hold elected leaders to account. The Home Office is currently considering how we can deliver this commitment and we are keen to work with the sector to develop proposals further.
To assist our thinking, please find below a link to an online survey. I would be grateful if you could spare 10 minutes to complete the survey and cascade the link within your organisation as I am keen to receive as many views from the sector as possible. The survey serves two purposes: first, to understand what fire and rescue service material is currently viewed online, for what purpose and where this information is commonly obtained from. Second, what further information could be published and how we could make it more accessible. The link to the survey is here, and it will close on 8 July.