2019/2020 Action Plan Published

CFirefightersheshire Fire Authority has now published its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2019/2020. This annual action plan covers the forthcoming financial year and is the final action plan to be produced under the Authority’s five year strategy for the period 2015-2020.

The plan provides information on the risks facing Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and details how the organisation is structured and operates to mitigate these risks. It also details how Cheshire Fire Authority is funded and outlines plans for the future, which include:

  • Proposing to increase the Authority’s precept (council tax) by 2.99% in 2019/2020. The Authority currently levies £75.48 per year (£1.45 per week) for a Band D equivalent property in Cheshire.

  • Continuing with a programme of work to improve how the Service recruits and retains on-call firefighters. On-call firefighters are members of the local community who live or work near to the fire station and use an alerter to respond to emergency calls when required.

  • Undertake a staff engagement survey to measure the engagement of the workforce.

  • Subject to planning permission, commence work on the development of a replacement, fit for purpose fire station in Chester on the site of the existing building on St Anne Street.

  • Progress the development of an operational training centre at its Sadler Road site in Winsford.

  • Plan for a joint fire and police facility on the site of the existing fire station in Macon Way, Crewe, alongside Cheshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

  • Begin work on a wider programme of modernisation across a number of fire stations and other properties.

  • Commencing a ‘whole service’ review of the Service. This review will set the direction for the Service over the period 2020-2024. The outcomes of the review may be subject to consultation as part of future planning.

View the Plan

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the Plan for 2019/2020.

Cheshire Fire Authority Annual Action Plan 2019-2020 (new window, PDF 3025KB)

Consultation

The draft Plan was approved for consultation by Cheshire Fire Authority in September 2018 and a 13 week consultation period was held between October 2018 and January 2019, in which the views of residents, staff and stakeholders were sought. The outcomes of this consultation were presented to Cheshire Fire Authority on 13th February 2019, where Members considered the findings before deciding to approve the publication of the Plan. You can view the consultation report by clicking on the link below.

Cheshire Fire Authority Draft Annual Action Plan 2019-20 Consultation Report (new window, PDF 2539KB)