Fire Authority

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority is the publicly accountable body that oversees the policy and service delivery of fire and rescue services on behalf of the community.

The Authority:

  • formulates policies and principal objectives
  • approves the annual statement of internal control
  • makes, alters and revokes Standing Orders
  • determines the precept to be made
  • arranges the audit of accounts
  • prioritises capital schemes
  • determines members’ allowances
  • acquires land and buildings

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service leads the operational delivery of fire and rescue services such as public protection, fire and other emergency prevention, operation response and resilience.

The Fire Authority and the Service work closely together to help create the safest community.

Fire Authority standing orders

Members

The Authority has 16 elected members, nominated by the five constituent councils of Tyne and Wear in line with Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1985. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria also sits as a Fire Authority member.

The Authority has established a Governance Committee which seeks to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members of the Fire Authority and to assist members to observe the Code of Conduct.

Any breaches of the code should be reported to the Monitoring Officer to the Fire Authority who is the Head of Legal Services at Sunderland City Council. They will determine whether the complaint should be investigated and if so by whom.

The Fire Authority’s Monitoring Officer maintains a register of interests of Fire Authority Members which the public may inspect by contacting the Monitoring Officer at the Civic Centre, Sunderland.

Subject to the Member’s consent, the public may also inspect the register of gifts and hospitality.

Member details
Constituent Authority Member name Political party
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council Councillor K. Dodds Labour
Councillor I. Patterson Liberal Democrats
Councillor G. Haley Labour
Newcastle City Council Councillor D Wood Labour
Councillor G. Bell Labour
Councillor K. Kilgour Labour
Councillor T. Woodwark Liberal Democrats
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council Councillor J. Hunter Labour
Councillor C. Johnson Labour
South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council Councillor J Welsh Labour
Councillor J Keegan Labour
Sunderland City Council Councillor J. Warne Labour
Councillor P Tye (Chair) Labour
Councillor Mullen Conservative
Councillor J Usher Labour
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

More information about each member is available on the Sunderland City Council website.

Members’ allowances (Fire Authority duties) 2023-24

Public Notice TWFRA 2023 Adoption of Scheme – 9th June 2023

Members' allowances (Fire Authority duties) 2020-21
Surname Initial Basic Allowance Special Responsibility Allowance Travel Subsistence Carer’s Allowance Authority
£ £ £ £ £
Taylor A 2,499.96 12,798.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Oliver R 1,874.97 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Butler M 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Samuels A 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Doyle J 624.99 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Forbes N 2,500.08 10,000.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Stephenson H 2,500.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Kilgour K 2,500.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Woodwork T 2,500.08 1,600.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Haley G 2,500.00 6,399.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Dodds K 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Duggan D 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Flynn W 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Purvis D 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Burdis C 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Pickard B 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Hunter J 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Members' allowances (Fire Authority duties) 2019-20
Surname Initial Basic Allowance Special Responsibility Allowance Travel Subsistence Carer’s Allowance Authority
£ £ £ £ £
Taylor A 2,499.96 10,345.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Bell R 248.65 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Curran B 248.65 1,272.92 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Oliver R 2499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Butler M 2197.55 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Samuels A 2197.55 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Forbes N 2,500.08 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Stephenson H 2,500.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Kilgour K 2,500.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Woodwork T 2,500.08 1,600.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Haley G 2,499.96 6,399.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Dodds K 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Duggan D 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Perry J 624.99 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Flynn W 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Purvis D 1,874.97 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Burdis C 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Harrison JLL 624.99 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Pickard B 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Hunter J 1,874.97 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Members' allowances (Fire Authority duties) 2018-19
Surname Initial Basic Allowance Special Responsibility Allowance Travel Subsistence Carer’s Allowance Authority
£ £ £ £ £
Bell R 1,965.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Curran B 1,965.25 10,060.65 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Emerson A 255.37 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
English C 526.75 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Galbraith I 541.66 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Oliver R 2499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Taylor A 1965.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Sunderland
Forbes N 2,500.08 10,000.08 117.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Stephenson H 2,500.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Renton R 262.11 335.49 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Kilgour K 2,500.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Woodwork T 1,965.34 2,515.59 0.00 0.00 0.00 Newcastle
Haley G 2,499.96 6,399.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Dodds K 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Maughan P 349.46 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Duggan D 2,150.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Gateshead
Perry J 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Flynn W 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 South Tyneside
Burdis C 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Harrison JLL 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside
Pickard B 2,499.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 North Tyneside