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Community Risk Management Plan 2022 - 2025

Foreword

Councilor Michael Payne (Chair of the Combined Fire Authority) and Chief Fire Officer Craig Parkin

Welcome to our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) for 2022 – 2025. 

We are delighted to share this plan with you, which outlines our ambition to be an outstanding fire and rescue service. 

We already put the needs of our communities at the heart of everything we do, however we recognise that we must continuously improve to keep people as safe as possible. To achieve this we have set ourselves six strategic goals, which are outlined in this plan, and we know what we need to do to achieve them. 

Our CRMP places a strong emphasis on improving our understanding of communities so we can protect our county’s most vulnerable and identify buildings most at risk of fire. This community first approach helps us to tailor our services to meet different needs and ultimately, save lives. 

We explain how we intend to develop our prevention, protection and emergency response services – the core areas of our Service. We will support and develop our workforce, ensuring that our staff have the skills and expertise to deliver an excellent Service. 

We are also embedding the national Core Code of Ethics into our Service, which defines the values and behaviours expected of everyone who works in the fire and rescue sector, so our staff continue to be positive role models in the community. 

Over the life of this plan we expect national fire standards to develop further which will increase the quality and consistency of practice across all fire and rescue services. We will adapt to changes in community risk, with increasing emphasis on prevention and protection. We will also review the way we deliver our services and the resources we need to provide them, adopting new ways of working where appropriate, including any Government proposals for reforms of the sector. 

Our ambition and drive for continuous improvement has taken into consideration that we must continue to operate in a sustainable way and maintain an organisation that is fit for the future. 

We have consulted the public, our partners and our staff to help create this CRMP, to ensure our Service is moving in the right direction. We have listened to feedback and have made a number of changes. We have made sure that our goals are clear and achievable, and we have improved the way information is presented. 

We hope you find our CRMP interesting and informative, and it assures you that we are committed to serving you effectively and efficiently. We remain incredibly proud to do so and thank you for taking an interest in our work. 

Signature of Councillor Michael Payne (Chair of the Combined Fire Authority)
Councillor Michael Payne Chair of the Combined Fire Authority
Signature of Chief Fire Officer Craig Parkin
Chief Fire Officer Criag Parkin