This book explores some of the contemporary issues in the leadership and management of the fire service in the context of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. This has been a period of major changes in the management of emergency services and the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in particular. Despite an extensive and voluminous professional press, Fire and Rescue Services are not well served by the academic literature relating to public management or public leadership. Fire services have a rich history that has attracted industrial relations scholars but less interest from public management scholars.
Good leaders and competent managers need both sets of these skills. This is increasingly being recognised across all of the emergency services. The ever-increasing complexity of the incidents and emergencies that the three services are being called to respond to also adds to the imperative for greater interoperability and closer collaboration between the emergency services and their personnel.
The first part of ‘Introduction’ introduces the nature and scope of the book and summarises the chapters that follow. The second part describes the origins and antecedents of the British Fire Service and its development up to the end of the twentieth century.
KeywordsFire and Rescue Services Antecedents Development Policy and practice
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