South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
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Our Role

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is a statutory body made up of 12 local Councillors from the District Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

The primary responsibilities of the Authority are laid down in legislation including the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the Local Government Act 1999 to provide an effective, economic and efficient Fire and Rescue Service.

The Authority funds South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and works with the Chief Fire Officer.  The Authority's Vision is 'Making South Yorkshire Safer and Stronger' and this is delivered through a range of Priorities and performance measures contained within the Integrated Risk Management Plan.  

The Authority was established in 1986 following the abolition of South Yorkshire County Council. It is supported by Joint Authorities Governance Unit of Barnsley MBC.

The Authority has a Constitution which can be viewed here.
Other documentation relating to the Fire and Rescue Service can be viewed through the Publication Scheme here.

Community Right to Challenge (CRC) - part of The Localism Act

The Right to Challenge is a national process introduced through the Government's Localism Act that came into force on 27 June 2012 (the Act itself came into force in November 2011).

The Community Right to Challenge provides an opportunity for voluntary and community groups or local authority employees to bid to run some services provided by the Fire and Rescue Authority. 

You can find out more by visiting our Library and downloading the following documents:

  • Community Right to Challenge - General Guidance
  • Guide to completing the Expression of Interest (EOI) Form
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) Form

Alternatively, you can contact the Authority's Solicitor, David Cutting, via e-mail at

Complaints about the Authority and its staff

The Authority has people working for it (called "officers") to give advice, to implement decisions and to manage the day-to-day delivery of its services. The staff belong to the Joint Authorities Governance Unit which is part of the Legal and Governance Directorate of Barnsley Council.  If you wish to complain about a member of staff, or the Authority please complete the form under Contact Us.

Insurance arrangements - The Authority's insurance details are as follows:


South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Liability Insurers

Zurich Municipal

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1 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 2UA

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