After being in the role for 6 months, we recently caught up with two of our newest wholetime firefighters.
FF Kev Gilbert from Dogsthorpe and FF Sarah Lamming from Cambridge both tell us what it's like being a firefighter in Cambridgeshire, as well as letting us into their favourite moments, experiences and goals.
If you think you're up for the challenge of becoming a firefighter, we are currently recruiting on-call firefighters across the county. Call us on 01480 444 500 to request an application pack, and visit our website here - http://bit.ly/AenIXM
The full Fire Authority comprising all 17 councillors meets three times a year.
The chief fire officer and directors sit at the table with the Fire Authority members and act as advisors. Also present is a legal adviser and the Fire Authority treasurer.
As well as the full Fire Authority meetings, there are also a number of committees made up of smaller groups of Fire Authority members, which look at certain aspects of the fire service. These committees make recommendations on the delivery of the Service and make decisions about issues relating to their specific field.
Both the Fire Authority and the main committees are open to members of the public and anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and watch the debates. The agendas and minutes for these meetings can be found under Fire Authority Documents.
The main committees which are open to the public are:
Policy Committee - responsible for making recommendations about the Fire Authority's objectives and priorities and main service planning policies, including the Integrated Risk Management and Service Improvement Plan. This committee meets five times a year.
Resources Committee - responsible for making recommendations to the Fire Authority on the Authority's annual budget and precept. This committee meets five times a year.
Overview and Scrutiny Committee - responsible for scrutinising the Fire Authority's policies and performance, and acts as the Fire Authority's audit committee. The Committee also deals with alleged breaches of the Members' Code of Conduct. This committee meets four times a year.
As well as the main committees, there are a number of other smaller committees which meet as and when required and tend to meet in private as they are dealing with confidential issues. An example is the Appointments Committee which is responsible for appointing the chief fire officer and directors. Meetings of the Fire Authority and its committees are usually held at Fire Service Headquarters at Hinchingbrooke Cottage, Brampton Road, Huntingdon.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority welcomes and encourages the input and contribution of representatives of voluntary and other external organisations, including businesses, and the wider public in order to deliver greater improvement and accountability across its services. One way of enabling this to happen is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to speak at meetings of the Fire Authority. While we need to make sure that meetings can be run effectively we also want to ensure that it is as straightforward as possible for people to have their say so that anyone with a point to make can do so.
The Fire Authority supports the principle of transparency and encourages filming, recording and taking photographs at its meetings that are open to the public. It also welcomes the use of social networking websites (such as Twitter and Facebook) and micro-blogging to communicate with people about what is happening, as it happens.