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South East Regional Management Board

1. SEFIP Newsletters and Other Resources
Select the following link to view the Spring 2009 newsletter including an article on a recent trench rescue incident attended by RBFRS. To see other SEFIP resources visit their website.
2. SEFIP Website
The SEFIP (South East Fire Improvement Partnership) website holds copies of all RMB papers, agendas, minutes and newsletters etc. To visit the website select this link...
3. Invitation For Tender Applications
The South East Fire and Rescue Services’ Regional Management Board invites applications for inclusion in a list of tenderers to provide consultancy to support the implementation of an Integrated Workforce Learning, Development and Training Strategy within the South East region. To find out more select the following link...
4. What is the South East Regional Management Board ?
The South East Fire and Rescue Services Regional Management Board (SE RMB) was established in April 2004 in order to meet the expectations of the Government as set out in the Fire and Rescue Services’ National Framework document (2004).

The SE RMB comprises the County Councils of Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, the unitary authority of the Isle of Wight and the combined Fire Authorities of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes, Royal Berkshire, East Sussex, Kent & Medway, and Hampshire.

5. What does the work of the SE RMB entail ?
The government expects Regional Management Board’s to have clear aims and priorities, and for the projects it wishes to progress to be costed effectively. The increased expectation on RMBs to deliver is explicit in the National Framework. In response to this, the Board has agreed the following aim for the region:

“Through working together more closely in the region, deliver effective and efficient fire and rescue services to the public we serve, and to support each other to ensure all FRAs improve their performance.”

The work of the Board is divided into 10 work areas. These are:
  • Community Safety - Surrey.
  • Response and Resilience - Buckinghamshire.
  • Improvement - Kent.
  • Human Resources - Hampshire.
  • Training - Royal Berkshire.
  • Equality and Diversity - Hampshire.
  • Environment - Isle of Wight.
  • Media and Communications - East Sussex.
  • Procurement - Oxfordshire.
  • Regional Control and Firelink - West Sussex.

6. How is the SE RMB Organised ?
The Board’s membership comprises the Chairman of each authority. The Chair of the Board is appointed annually and is currently Councillor David Rowlands (Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes). The Vice-Chairman is Councillor Bryan Cope (Kent & Medway). Clerking services are provided by East Sussex. The positions of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Clerk are filled from the membership by an election held at the Annual General Meeting.

Each Council or Authority representative leads on a work area and updates formally at the quarterly meetings of the Board on progress made.

The current membership of the board is available by selecting the following link...
7. When Does the Board meet ?

The Board meet quarterly at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Reigate. Meeting dates are available on the SEFIP website by selecting “events”.