Collaboration is important in every organisation. We will collaborate by communicating with partners and building on ideas to innovate or do something differently in the public’s interest.
GFRS has collaboration arrangements for its prevention, protection and response activities. For example, we share our buildings with Gloucestershire Constabulary, the South West Ambulance Service and the Severn Area Rescue Association. Our protection teams inspect premises with the Building Control and Housing Teams where applicable and we refer some of our Safe and Well clients to Social Services and other partners who can address and support with other issues.
Where the law permits, collaborative work can include the sharing of information in support of Children and Adult Services in the best interest of those affected. When collaboration works well it enables us to achieve more as a collective team and the benefits are tangible, but over time we may have arrangements that need reviewing to ensure they best serve the public interest.
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 requires the Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Services to keep collaboration opportunities under review and, where it is in the mutual interest of efficiency or effectiveness, to put new arrangements into practice.
- A comprehensive collaboration plan with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)
- Collaboration with other blue light services, including a rationalisation and sharing of estates as well as looking for joined up working practices
- Continuing to evaluate and improve our campaigns by learning from others
- Exploring opportunities for collaborative working and partnership development to maximise safety messages and campaigns building on what we have learnt throughout the pandemic
- Building a Collaboration Framework so that we can demonstrate where we are providing added value and to assist us with ongoing reviews
- Review our collaboration and partnership agreements to ensure they continue to deliver the best value for our communities