Update: IRMP consultation extended until 24 April

draft IRMP 2020-2024

We will not be holding any further public roadshows, but you can respond by completing the online survey using the link below.

You can also respond by emailing consultation@cheshirefire.gov.uk or in writing to FREEPOST CHESHIRE FIRE CONSULTATION. If you would like to complete a paper survey, then please ring 01606 868775 and a survey and summary document can be posted out to you.

Through the course of our consultation we have produced some additional information to explain our proposals and the rationale behind them, as well as a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please feel free to view the information on our website to inform your response. Additionally, if you have already responded but have changed your opinion after reading any of the other information provided then please get in touch using the details above.

Cheshire Fire Authority has 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about our consultation process and find answers to questions you may have.

Have Your Say

We are now consulting on key proposals within our Plan. The consultation is open until Friday 24 April 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.

  • No further roadshows are taking place. Please send us your views by getting in touch using the methods above.

Roadshows have taken place in:

  • Warrington Golden Square - 24th February

  • Widnes Morrisons - 20th February

  • 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

  • Macclesfield Sainsburys - 12th February

  • Crewe Market Centre - 17th February

  • Ellesmere Port ASDA - 3rd March

  • Chester Tesco - 5th March

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. This is provisionally schedule for Wednesday 17 June 2020.

Supporting Documents

The documents below include analyses and assessments used to support our planning processes:

Supplementary Information

Replace the third aerial appliance (new window, PDF 984KB)

Introduce a Day Crewing system at Wilmslow (new window, PDF 625KB)

Relocate Ellesmere Port's 2nd fire engine (new window, PDF 1240KB)

Expanding our response to RTCs (new window, PDF 673KB)

PESTELO Analysis

PESTELO 2020-21 (new window, Power Point Document 3345KB)

Equality Impact Assessments

Reviewing Our Risk Based Inspection Programme. (new window, PDF 387KB)

Road safety (new window, PDF 360KB)

Reviewing Our Risk Based Inspection Programme. (new window, PDF 387KB)

Protection - Launch a Service-wide campaign aimed at owners and occupiers of Houses in Multiple Occupation (new window, PDF 361KB)

Water risk and wildfire capability in light of climate change and extreme weather (new window, PDF 386KB)

Review of Aerial Appliances, review of Wilmslow Duty System and review of the 2nd Pump at Ellesmere Port (new window, PDF 373KB)