National Issues Committee (NIC)
Working Together for a Safer Wales
We were established to further improve collaborative working, service delivery and sustained service improvement.
Meeting the challenges facing the public sector such as economic pressures, shrinking budgets and greater public expectation.
The FRAs are committed to achieve Welsh Government goals and will use the NIC to deliver on objectives detailed in Welsh Government strategic policies and programmes.
Without compromising local autonomy and identity, optimise collaborative working to identify savings, efficiencies and economic benefits, keeping the communities of Wales safe and the Three Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRA) able to meet the prevailing economic challenges.
The Committee consists of Elected Members and Officers from each of the FRA’s within Wales. We are a structured voluntary arrangement rather than legislatively based under the Combination Order.
To develop and implement improved arrangements for the strategic and co-ordinated delivery of collaborative work where service improvements, efficiencies are realised.
Delivering National outcomes without compromising the independence of the constituent Fire and Rescue Authorities to make local decisions to meet local needs.
There are 11 collaborative work streams:
- BUSINESS CONTINUITY
- COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION
- COMMON & SPECIALIST SERVICES
- FLEET & TRANSPORT
- HEALTH & SAFETY
- HUMAN RESOURCES
- ICT (SHARED SERVICES)
- TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
“These are challenging but exciting times. We are determined to work together and establish a team effort in driving forward the Welsh Government’s public service improvement agenda. Our priority is to further improve collaborative working, service delivery and sustained service improvement for the benefit of Wales.” Cllr. Tudor Davies – NIC Chairman