Integrated Risk Management Planning

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

Historically, some of the fastest responses from our service were aimed at industrial sites. Very few people die in fires on these sites. In fact there have been no fire deaths in industry in Cheshire in recent years, while a number of people have died in fires in the home.

It is little known that Cheshire's firefighters rescue six times the number of people from cars as they do from fires. This is one of the reasons we need to rethink our activities so that the Service is more responsive to local needs.

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

Our previous plans can be accessed using the links on the right hand side.

More Information

For more details, contact Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's Corporate Communications Department on 01606 868700 or

Last updated: Thursday 07 April 2022