Last time I looked, the Fire Brigade was a statutory authority.
And like the Police, a statutory obligation of local authorities, paid for by taxpayers.
Therefore, what happened to simply instructing them to do what you want?
Don't tell me, let me guess.
Like all the other public bodies, the Fire Brigade are busy pretending they're a 'business' and no doubt, charge other local authorities and public bodies, for their services.
And of course, they are then obsessed with budgets.
It's simply a farce, since it is all taxpayer's money to start with and therefore, basically just the Government paying the Government; it's all the same money in other words.
I think the idea is to give the Brigade a tiny budget which looks good on the Council Tax bill, but then the Brigade makes up for the loss and recoups money they need, by charging the Council or other Public bodies which simply comes out of different budget and so is not assigned as Local Fire Authority costs.
It's a bit like when Post Office vehicles didn't pay road tax, because they were the Government.
But then some bright spark said it wasn't fair the Post Office didn't have to pay it, which led to the absurd practice of the Government buying a road tax disc, from itself.
Basically, it's just one budget paying another which is obviously just a pointless exercise and a complete waste of time and money, let alone nonsensical; the Crown money provided to the Post Office would buy a tax disc from the Crown, by way of the Government department, the DVLC.
For that reason, I don't believe any Crown vehicle used to be liable for road tax.
However, it's a pseudo business farce which actually costs money in itself, making the provision of statutory Fire services more expensive, overall.
There will be a complete department of an unnecessary layer of staff and a system in place to issue and account for the charges, in the first place.
No doubt the Fire Brigade 'outsource' this though, as they would say it's not their 'core business', thus continuing the cycle of more expense.