About us

Our governance

David Allen is the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria following the transfer of responsibility for Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service’s (CFRS) governance to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner from 1 April 2023.


In relation to CFRS, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) is responsible for the governance of the Service which ensures that the correct procedures and protocols are in place for CFRS staff to do their jobs in a safe and legal manner.

The PFCC sets the priorities for the Service, identified by the public via consultation, which is then condensed into a Fire Plan and delegated to the Chief Fire Officer who decides how these priorities are achieved operationally. The PFCC is the voice of the public and ensures that residents are aware of what CFRS delivers and that any issues raised by the public are heard by the Service. As the representative of the public, the PFCC holds the Chief Fire Officer to account. The annual budget for the Service is also a responsibility of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, including council tax.

Police, Fire & Crime Panel

The Cumbria Police, Fire and Crime Panel (PFCP) has been established to scrutinise and support the work of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and is one of the key checks and balances in relation to monitoring their performance (the PFCP is not there to scrutinise the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer). The Commissioner is required to consult with the PCP on his or her plans and budget for policing, as well as the council tax precept and certain key appointments.

Find out more information about the PFCP here.

Governance meeting, agenda and minutes

Modern Slavery

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service recognises the impact Modern Slavery has on both individuals and communities.  As such we follow strict guidelines in partnership with the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner's Office that can be found at Social-Value-Policy-2023.docx (live.com)