2022/2023 Draft Annual Action Plan Consultation

2022/2023 Draft Annual Plan ConsultationCheshire Fire Authority has launched a consultation on its draft annual action plan for 2022-2023.

The Plan was developed to review progress against its key objectives that are set out in the Authority’s 2020-2024 Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) and to outline any emerging risks and new proposals to address these risks.

A summary of the proposals is provided below and you can also view the draft annual action plan in full by clicking on the following link:

2022-2023 Draft Annual Action Plan (new window, PDF 21230KB)

Proposals

Increasing the Fire Authority’s share of Council Tax by 1.99% for 2022/2023

In line with the Authority’s Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP), it is consulting on the proposal to increase its share of Council Tax by 1.99% for the 2022/2023 financial year.

This would result in the Fire Authority’s share of Council Tax increasing by £1.61 to a total of £82.48 per year for a Band D* property in Cheshire

*Council Tax Bands are based on the Band D amount with each Band paying a part more (Band E-H) or less (Band A-C) than Band D.

More detail can be found in the MTFP and the draft annual action plan.

Reducing the number of false alarms in domestic premises

False alarms make up a significant proportion (around 40%) of the overall incidents attended by firefighters. However, attending a false alarm means that crews are not available to respond to genuine emergencies. False alarms can also cause disruption and cost businesses money through lost productivity.

The Authority has implemented several changes regarding false alarms in non-domestic premises and has reduced the number of automatic false alarms in these premises by over 50% since 2017/18. It is now looking to reduce the number of false alarms from domestic premises.

Developing work to increase water safety

Sadly every year there are incidents in rivers and waterways across Cheshire that result in injury or worse, become tragic losses of life.

While not a statutory duty of fire and rescue authorities, firefighters are called to rescue individuals in water, assist in searches or in the recovery of individuals.

The Authority is therefore proposing to develop work in conjunction with partners to raise awareness of water safety so that we can reduce such incidents and save lives.

Reviewing our fire safety education programmes

The Authority provides a range of fire safety education programmes and interventions aimed at various age groups.

These include: 

  • Educational workshops about home fire safety and visits by school officers and firefighters to Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 school children each year

  • Primary RESPECT - a programme for Primary School children which aims to boost confidence and self-esteem.

  • RESPECT - a course for 13 to 16 year olds who have dropped out of school or are at risk of being excluded from school.

  • Fire Safe Scheme - a programme for children who have a fascination with fire.

  • A range of safety programmes for Key stage 1, 2 and 3 children as well as adults at our interactive safety and life skills centre, Safety Central.

As part of the Authority's fire safety education offer, firefighters and staff undertake visits to schools to provide Key Stage 2 pupils (pupils aged 7 to 11 years).

In addition to this, the Authority has an interactive safety and life skills centre, Safety Central, which provides immersive and realistic learning to Key Stage 2 pupils through its SafetyQuest programme. The programme covers a range of subjects including fire, road, electricity, travel, cyber, building site and water safety, accidents at home, bullying, five ways to well-being, healthy eating, the Countryside Code and first aid.

Revised approach to introducing a Day Crewing System at Wilmslow Fire Station

As outlined in its 2020-2024 IRMP, the Authority intends to introduce a Day Crewing duty system at Wilmslow Fire Station. Since the publication of the IRMP, there has been a revision to how this is intended to be introduced. Instead of developing Wilmslow Fire Station into a multi-agency hub with emergency service partners and constructing firefighters housing adjacent to the station, the Authority now intends to purchase the required housing in the community near to Wilmslow Fire Station.

You can access more information about this proposal - Wilmslow Day Crewing-supporting information (new window, PDF 406KB)

Introduce a cardiac response capability

The Authority is keen to engage with North West Ambulance Service, staff and trade unions to introduce a locally led emergency cardiac response capability within Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Have your say

Please let us know what you think about our draft Plan by completing an online survey, which can be accessed through the link below:

Have your say (opens in new window)

Alternatively, please get in touch by emailing consultation@cheshirefire.gov.uk, writing to Freepost Cheshire Fire Consultation or via our Facebook or Twitter platforms on social media.

If have any queries, would like any documentation or require any documentation in an alternative format please get in touch using the details above or call 01606 868700.

Please let us know what you think before the consultation closes on 7 January 2022.

Consultation events

We will be hosting a number of online events during the course of the consultation. We will advertise these online and through our social media platforms and provide details here, so please check back on a regular basis to see how you can take part.

Questions

The supporting information documents against each of the relevant proposals will be updated as the consultation progresses to reflect the feedback and questions being received.

What happens after the consultation?

After the consultation closes on 7 January 2022, the feedback received will be analysed and a report prepared for the Fire Authority to consider at its meeting on 9 February 2022.

Last updated: Monday 25 October 2021