Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Every year Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service create a plan, called the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).

This plan is about improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives.

What is Integrated Risk Management Planning?

It is an assessment of all risks to life and injury to the community, resulting in a long-term plan to make the Fire and Rescue Service more responsive to locally identified needs.

This means targeting our resources so that we can prevent incidents from happening, while also making sure our resources are in the right location to best protect the community.

This is a process carried out by every fire and rescue service in the country to ensure that local plans are tailored to meet local needs. An Integrated Risk Management Plan takes into account the commercial, economic, environmental and heritage concerns of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.

Evaluating local needs

Risks and demand in Cheshire continue to change, which means that we need to regularly review our activities so that we are more responsive to local needs.

For example, in recent years, there have been large scale flooding incidents both locally and across the country. To address these risks, the Service has increased the number of firefighters who are trained to rescue people from water.

Firefighters also undertake regular training to deal with a range of issues that could affect Cheshire, such as chemical incidents, industrial accidents and road traffic collisions.

How will we do this?

The work is carried out in five steps :-

  1. Identify existing and potential risk to the community

  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of current preventative, protective and response arrangements

  3. Identify opportunities for improvement and determine policies and standards for prevention and intervention

  4. Decide what resources are needed

  5. Ensure there are arrangements to monitor and review

Will I be consulted?

All stakeholders are given the opportunity to have their say during the planning process, particularly when initial projects are put forward and when there are any changes to the Service's emergency response.

Plans produced so far

More Information

For more details, contact Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's Corporate Communications Department on 01606 868700 or feedback@cheshirefire.gov.uk