Have your say on our draft IRMP 2020-2024

draft IRMP 2020-2024Cheshire Fire Authority has now published its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) covering the period from 2020 to 2024. 

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 over the next four years, which include:


  • Extending Safe and Well home visits to focus interventions for a broader range of vulnerable people

  • Working with public sector partners to create a strategic road safety plan that will have  real impact on reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

  • Develop targeted campaigns to raise awareness and protect our communities from the key causes of fire.


  • Review our risk based inspection programme.

  • Change our approach to how we manage heritage risks.

  • Launch a Service-wide campaign aimed at owners and occupiers of Houses in Multiple Occupation.

  • Continue and expand our ‘Sprinklers Save Lives’ campaign promoting the use of sprinklers in business premises and high rise residential properties.

Emergency Response

  • Replace the Authority’s third aerial appliance with a new High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) vehicle. 

  • Introduce a Day Crewing duty system at Wilmslow Fire Station

  • Move the second fire engine at Ellesmere Port to Powey Lane Fire Station and move the current fire engine at Powey Lane back to Chester Fire Station.

  • Introduce a fleet of 13 Rapid Response Rescue Units at our on-call fire stations.

  • Review our water response provision, including potentially investing in a large water carrier, which could be based at Ellesmere Port Fire Station.

  • Develop our capacity to respond to wild fires

  • Review our specialist resources

  • Review the need for new equipment to improve the effectiveness of our response.

View the draft Plan

Please use the link below to view a copy of the full Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2020-2024 and a summary:

Draft IRMP 2020-24 (new window, PDF 4630KB)

Draft summary for IRMP 2020-24 (new window, PDF 8877KB)

Please contact us if you require any assistance in viewing the draft documents. This includes if you need documents in a different language or in an accessible format. Call our Inclusion Officer, Benji Evans on 01606 868814, email Benji.evans@cheshirefire.gov.uk or write to Benji Evans, Inclusion Officer, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Clemonds Hey, Winsford, CW7 2UA.

Have Your Say

We are now consulting on key proposals within our Plan. The consultation is open until Friday 20 March 2020 and we would welcome any views you may have. Please take the opportunity to fill in this online survey through the link below:

Draft IRMP 2020-2024 survey (opens in new window)

Alternatively, you can feedback any comments through the Service’s Facebook or Twitter accounts, by emailing consultation@cheshirefire.gov.uk or calling us on 01606 868700.

You can also write in to us using the freepost address FREEPOST CHESHIRE FIRE CONSULTATION. No postage stamp is required.


We are holding a series of consultation roadshows across Cheshire during January and February 2020 where we will be handing out copies of the summary draft IRMP and paper copies of our survey alongside fire safety leaflets.

  • Macclesfield Sainsburys - 12th February from 11am-1pm

  • Crewe Market Centre - 17th February from 11am-1pm

  • Widnes Morrisons - 20th February from 11am-1pm

  • Warrington Golden Square - 24th February 11am-1pm

  • Chester Tesco - 5th March from 11am-1pm

Roadshows have taken place in

  • Northwich - 15th January

  • Ellesmere Port Market - 17th January

  • Wilmslow Sainsburys -  20th January

  • Birchwood Shopping Centre - 24th January

  • Runcorn Shopping Centre - 28th January

  • Congleton Tesco - 4th February

We will also be consulting with our staff, cadets and volunteers and with a range of stakeholders across Cheshire such as representative bodies, local authorities and community/voluntary groups.

Feedback from the consultation on the draft Plan will be provided for Members of Cheshire Fire Authority to consider at the meeting of Cheshire Fire Authority on Wednesday 22 April 2020.