Fire and Rescue: Facing the Future
Integrated Risk Management Planning
Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP) is a modern and flexible process, supported by legislation and guidance, designed to enable a fire and rescue service to identify, measure and mitigate the social and economic impact that fire and other emergencies can be expected to have on individuals, communities, commerce, the environment and heritage.
The assessment of local risks to life and how effectively resources are used in response to those risks, whilst at the same time providing value for money to the local taxpayer is documented. This document is what is termed as an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).
Our IRMP is all about giving the communities of Gloucestershire a ‘tailor made’ service that best meets their needs. The realities of the political landscape and financial climate must also be taken into account.
The IRMP development process makes the service regularly consider four key questions:
- What are the existing and potential risks in Gloucestershire?
- How effective are our current risk management measures?
- What opportunities are there for improvement and setting of appropriate standards?
- What resources are necessary to meet those standards?
The IRMP is an ideal opportunity to match resources to demand when the facts support that approach and we use the answers to the four key questions to help us develop our plan for future service provision.
In order to effectively manage risk in our community the service uses a combination of tactics, which complement each other to deliver on the service’s overarching mission statement:
"Working together we will provide the highest standard of community safety and emergency response services to the communities of Gloucestershire".
It is the ‘integrated’ nature of these risk management tactics in the optimum blend, linked with the strategic aims, that gives the plan its name.
The IRMP covers a three year period and outlines the improvements and changes the service intends to make in order to manage existing and emerging risk more effectively.
Over the last three years the service has evolved significantly to meet new and emerging risks to the communities of Gloucestershire focusing efforts on upstream prevention, ensuring that all areas of the service are dedicated to and support efforts towards reducing incidence of fire and other emergencies.
By preventing emergencies from happening, we help to drive down the number of injuries and deaths contributing to an overall reduction in demand on both our own, our partners and other stakeholders resources. Freeing up these critical resources and making them available to respond to those who need them most improves the overall safety of our communities and visitors to our county as a whole.
We are acutely aware that to meet an ever changing risk picture, we must continually review the way we resource our service listening very carefully to the views of our key stakeholders, partners and the public to ensure that we can continue to maintain the right resources, in the right place, at the right time.
It is on this basis that we have developed three key objectives for the Service to take forward over the period of our next IRMP.
Objective 1 - Increased focus on prevention and protection initiatives
We intend to build on the successes of our existing prevention and protection work, in order to help further reduce the number of fires and other types of emergency incidents that we are called upon to attend.
This means we will seek to develop local and national initiatives where we have the necessary skills and equipment for example response to life threatening medical emergencies, which will help to reduce loss of life and injuries sustained in such incidents, thereby making the communities of Gloucestershire even safer places in which to live and work.
Objective 2 - Explore, further develop and maximise opportunities to collaborate with partners and other stakeholders
To make the most effective use of our resources, increase our efficiency and deliver activities with tangible ‘social value’, we intend to, identify, focus on and progress every available opportunity to collaborate with other emergency services and work with and support other partner organisations and stakeholders.
This means that we will evaluate all aspects of the work that we do and look to share functions, services and response options wherever possible, to ensure that the communities of Gloucestershire receive the highest standard of community safety and emergency response services at all times.
Objective 3 - Reconfigure and reform our service
It is vital that your fire and rescue service keeps pace with an ever changing and evolving world, closely matching resources to the needs of the communities we serve.
This means we intend to build on the review of operational response carried out under the last IRMP to ensure we maintain the right resources, in the right place, at the right time and develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce to meet the different cultural needs found across our county.
Have your say
For more information visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/consultfireirmp The consultation closes on the 8th January 20018