A NATIONAL report on joint working between the police and fire services has been published by Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

The publication follows the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which enabled PCCs to take on governance of their regional fire and rescue service.

The national advice was made possible after Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner was successfully awarded funding from the Home Office’s Transformation Fund.

PCC Mountstevens said: “I was delighted that we were awarded this funding to help PCCs across the country considering fire governance. I am a great supporter of collaboration which focuses on ensuring value for money and the best service for local people.

“I believe it is absolutely right that PCCs collectively explore all the issues together rather than duplicating the work multiple times. This report will be useful for all the PCCs in England exploring governance options with their local fire and rescue services."

The report has been shared with the Home Office, Association of Police and Crime Commissioner (APCC), Fire Implementers Group and Emergency Services Working Group and more widely with partners across the country.