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Most English Fire Authorities Now Performing Well

Magazine article Public Finance

Most English Fire Authorities Now Performing Well

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Most fire and rescue authorities in England are now performing well or strongly, with 32 out of 47 in the top two categories, according to the latest ratings from the Audit Commission.

The results, published on April 5, show a general upward trend. The authorities were scored on a scale of one to four: one denotes 'inadequate' performance; two, 'satisfactory', three, 'good'; and four, 'strong'.

There are now no authorities in the bottom category; 14 have scored two; 18 received three; and 13 have earned the top mark.

Two further authorities, Kent and Merseyside, were exempt from inspection this year after gaining 'excellent' rankings under the old Comprehensive Performance Assessment regime in 2005.

Commission chair Michael O'Higgins praised the authorities' performance overall, but warned that progress in relation to modernisation was patchy.

While some authorities were Vising to the challenge', the changes made by some had not yet resulted in better performance. …

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