Peer Challenge: A Sector-Led Approach to Performance Improvement in Fire and Rescue Services

  • James DowneEmail author
  • Steve Martin
  • Heike Doering


By the time of the election in May 2010, performance management and service improvement were still a high priority but the 2008 recession and significant reductions in public expenditure were dominating local and national politics. The incoming government adopted policies focused on austerity, ‘localism’ and a ‘sector-led approach’ to performance improvement in the fire and rescue services. It was also looking to make significant reductions to the finances of all local services and virtually demolishing the ‘improvement’ infrastructure developed by the previous administrations. The abolition of the Audit Commission required the sector to take more responsibility for their own regulation and performance. This chapter evaluates the effectiveness of the ‘operational assessment and fire peer challenge’ which became the key element of the sector’s new approach to performance improvement.


Performance management Audit Commission abolition Sector-led improvement Operational assessment Fire peer challenge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiff Business School, Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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