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Partnership Working

Last updated  21 May 2018

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have a clear commitment to partnership working and improving community involvement which is highlighted within our Partnership Strategy 2012-2015 .

According to the Audit Commission a 'Partnership' is defined as 'two or more organisations working to meet common aims and objectives'. Partnerships are key to the modernising agenda and many of today's public services are shaped and delivered through effective partnership working.

The benefits of partnership working are clear; they address the root cause of an issue, help foster innovation, improve service co-ordination and lead to more effective and efficient use of resources.

Excellent sustainable links have already been created and long term working relationships exist with agencies such as Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum (BLLRF) and other external agencies like Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs), youth working such as Princes Trust, Fire Cadets, Fire Awareness Child Education (FACE) and many more.

Working alongside partners within the countywide Crime and Disorder Casualty Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) have supported working towards Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Amended 2001), recognising our statutory duty as a Responsible Authority.

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Existing Partnerships 

We currently have two types of partnerships Statutory and Non statutory Partnerships.

'Statutory' is a formal type whereby there is a legal responsibility for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to be members.

'Non statutory' is an informal partnership created to support organisational targets and goals.

We will aim to evaluate our partnerships annually to ensure that each partnership is contributing to our aims and objectives set out within our strategic planning process.  The annual review also provides assurances about the ongoing overall effectiveness of partnership arrangements.

Strategic Partnerships:

  • Bedford Borough Partnership
  • Beds and Luton Compact
  • BLLRF
  • Central Bedfordshire  Together - Community Safety Partnership Plan
  • Central Bedfordshire Partnership
  • Health and Wellbeing Board, Luton
  • Improvement East (RIEP)
  • Leadership Centre for Local Government - TOTAL PLACE
  • Luton Safer Neighbourhood
  • Operational Delivery Group
  • Safer Homes Initiative
  • Local Public Service Board
  • Luton CDRP
  • Luton Forum
  • Theatre in Education
  • Bedford Academy

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