FIRE chiefs with no experience of fighting crime could head police services and vice versa under plans outlined today to increase collaboration between emergency services.
The government is pressing ahead with measures to allow police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to take responsibility for their local fire and rescue services.
PCCs who take this step will then be able to put in place a single “employer” led by a chief officer in charge of hiring all local fire and police personnel.
The new post will be reserved for those who hold the rank of chief constable but rules will be changed to allow senior fire officers who have not previously served as a constable to apply.
A Fire Brigades Union spokesman said: “It is still our professional opinion that the plans to have PCCs take over responsibility for fire and rescues services are a mistake.
“PCC takeover of fire and rescue is a costly experiment with no guarantee for success.”