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By Peter Murphy (Editor), Kirsten Greenhalgh (Editor)
This unique text fills a major gap in the emergency services literature by surveying the research on fire and rescue service management in the UK. An extensive evidence base focuses on organizational culture, leadership skills, standards, and accountability, emphasizing the services’ dual roles as first responders and guardians of public safety and prevention. The implications for international public health and safety programs are made clear as the services’ recent history illustrates the complex challenges typical of functioning within local and national political contexts. Chapters take on a broad range of management, leadership, service delivery, and staffing concerns, including:
· Evolution and adaptation of fire and rescue services during periods of expansion and austerity.
· Civil protection as a local and national priority.
· Structural issues: assessments and improvements, collaborations with other services.
· Emerging social concerns: diversity, gender equality, the aging worker population.
· The concepts and consequences of heroes and heroism.
· Future directions for governance, transparency, and accountability.
Fire and Rescue Services complements the earlier volumes in the Leadership & Management of Emergency Servicesseries with equal parts realism and vision. It should interest a wide audience of public policymakers, public managers, and emergency service personnel, as well as academics and researchers.
- Hardcover:240 pages
- Publisher:Springer; 1st ed. 2018 edition (September 11, 2017)
This book is the third of a three-volume series on the management of the three ‘blue light’ emergency services (Police, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Services) published by Springer. There has been increasing contemporary research interest in the leadership and management of the emergency services as the context and challenges of the twenty-first century rapidly change and policy and practice adapt in response. We believe that it appears at a particularly appropriate time in which to take stock, immediately after the European referendum in the UK and as the government legislate to involve directly elected police and crime commission- ers in the governance and management of the Fire and Rescue Services in England and Wales. Historically, and paradoxically, the management of Fire and Rescue Services has been well served by the professional press but has not been well reflected in aca- demic literature. We believe this situation is changing, as interest and demand grow for research on these essential services that are operational in some form in nearly all countries and have existed throughout the world for hundreds of years. The book is divided into three parts. Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5 provide a chronologi- cal overview of the development of the service in the UK since the New Labour government came to power in 1997 up until the election of a Conservative govern- ment in 2015. New Labour adopted a mantra of ‘modernisation’ for the public ser- vices, while the subsequent coalition government adopted ‘localism’ as its rallying cry. The second part consists of a series of chapters on key managerial issues or themes. These are contextualised by the narrative in the first part but are now explored in more detail. Some, if not all, of these chapters have general resonances across emergency services but are particularly relevant to the Fire and Rescue Services. The third and final part of the book provides some wider perspectives before we take a more general look to the future in the final chapter. We hope that the book will be of interest to those readers who want a general introduction to the history and management of the Fire and Rescue Services as well as for those who wish to use its contents to explore particular managerial issues either within emergency services or in wider public management.