Our Decision-making process

Audit and Governance Committee
Consists of nine councillors appointed by the Fire Authority. Their role is to scrutinise the performance of our service and to review audit reports from internal and external auditors.

Fire Authority
20 Member councillors form the Authority. Their role is to approve our service Budget, precept, Pay Policy Statement, Integrated Risk Management Plan and appoints the Chief Fire Officer, Monitoring Officer and Chief Finance Officer. Each Member is appointed onto Audit and Governance Committee or Management Committee. Additional appointments are made onto outside bodies namely, Thames Valley Fire Control Joint Committee.

Management Committee
Made up of 11 members they discharge all of the functions and responsibilites of the Authority except the above functions reserved by law to the Fire Authority or falls within the terms of reference of any other committee or under the Scheme of Delegation to officers.

Thames Valley Fire Control Joint Committee
Appointments of two members are made from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority, Oxfordshire County Council and Royal Berkshire Fire Authority on an annual basis. They ensure the efficient performance of Thames Valley Fire Control Service (TVFCS).

Pension Board
The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 makes it a legal requirement to have a Local Pensions Board for various public sector pensions. Firefighter pensions in Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) are administered by a pension contractor, who work with team members in RBFRS Human Resources department. The Chief Fire Officer, acts as the Scheme Manager on behalf of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority. Meetings are not open to the public, however Pension Board annual reports are presented to Audit and Governance Committee usually in July each year.