During the first six months of the year, the FirePRO National Committee has been in workshop mode to look at how we are structured and focused to best support the sector.
The result of this is our new constitution. This is a formal document which sets out how FirePRO is governed. The national committee was previously made up of chairs of regional committees. But with frequent changes to comms leads in these areas and low representation in others, the committee had reduced to a small committed group. Now, the committee is made up of people from across the country who have committed to be involved.
Download and read the FirePRO Constitution PDF 98.7KB
With a strong national structure, we feel we’re in a better place to support members beyond training events and the FirePRO Conference. We’re also in a better place to now look at supporting regional FirePRO groups and will be looking to bolster these soon.
The national committee membership is:
- Paul Compton, chair (Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue)
- Jack Grasby, vice chair (South Yorkshire)
- Robyn Hall, co-ordinator (Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue)
- Elizabeth Curtis, treasurer (East Sussex Fire and Rescue)
- Katie Round, events co-ordinator (Hampshire Fire and Rescue)
- Pete Richardson, member communications (London Fire Brigade)
- Richard Edney, partnerships (Lancashire Fire and Rescue)
- Alex Mills, local government partnerships (South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue)
- Antony Masters, police partnerships (Kent Fire and Rescue)
- Louise Knox/Emily Cheeseman (Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue)
- Sarah Irving (Cleveland Fire and Rescue)
- Rebecca Meredith (South Wales Fire and Rescue)
The constitution also sets out our aims to support sector communicators. Every fire and rescue communicator is automatically enrolled as a member of FirePRO. As a membership body, we’re here to make sure you have the best opportunity to thrive in your role. That means working with members and leaders across the sector to promote communications best practice, to provide learning and development opportunities for all members, to work closely with partners, such as NFCC, Home Office, HMICFRS, local government, other blue light services and unions, and be a voice for the sector by advocating for and championing the work of sector communications teams.
The national committee will launch a workplan later this year and programme of events for 2020.