Every year Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service creates 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.
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.
Risks and demand in Cheshire continue to change, which means that we need to regularly review our activities so that we are more responsive to local needs.
For example, in recent years, there have been large scale flooding incidents both locally and across the country. To address these risks, the Service has increased the number of firefighters who are trained to rescue people from water.
Firefighters also undertake regular training to deal with a range of issues that could affect Cheshire, such as chemical incidents, industrial accidents and road traffic collisions.
The work is carried out in five steps :
Identify existing and potential risk to the community.
Evaluate the effectiveness of current preventative, protective and response arrangements.
Identify opportunities for improvement and determine policies and standards for prevention and intervention.
Decide what resources are needed.
Ensure there are arrangements to monitor and review.
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.
This financial year (2023/24) is the final year of Cheshire Fire Authority’s current Integrated Risk Management Plan, a four-year strategy that set out objectives to improve the effectiveness of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, address key fire and emergency-related risks and keep communities safe.
The Authority must now start to develop its strategy for the next four years (2024-28). For the first time, this will be known as a Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP). The CRMP will ensure the Service continues to develop the skills of its people and invests in vehicles and resources to enable it to respond to emergencies and reduce risks in the face of changes in society, technology and the environment. These improvements must be affordable.
In the autumn and winter of 2023/24, Cheshire Fire Authority will be consulting on proposals for the new CRMP. The consultation will be publicised widely to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their say.
Ahead of the formal consultation, a programme of engagement will take place to understand what people expect of their fire and rescue service. The feedback received throughout this engagement will be considered in the development of formal proposals which will be subject to consultation later in the year.
Last updated: Friday, 16 June 2023