Consultation outcome: Minimum service levels for fire and rescue services

Home Office

February 12
12:22 2024

This document sets out the governments response to the consultation on minimum service levels for fire and rescue services, which was published by the Home Office in February 2023.

It covers:

  • the background to the consultation
  • a summary of the consultation responses
  • detailed responses to the specific questions posed in the consultation and an assessment of the key themes emerging from the responses
  • summaries of specific policy themes that were raised in consultation responses and during engagement
  • policy conclusions
  • the next steps following the consultation

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Original consultation


A consultation on implementing minimum service levels for fire and rescue services during periods of strike action.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

We are publicly consulting on the most appropriate approach for delivering minimum service levels for fire and rescue services.

We welcome views from anyone that wishes to reply. We will give due regard to consultation responses and move to ensure that regulations are laid as soon as practicable to be in place in the event of future strike action.

Fire and rescue services perform a critical role in our society, and it is right that the public should have confidence that sufficient cover is in place to respond to emergencies.

You can request easy read versions of the consultation documents by emailing

A Welsh translation will be available shortly.


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