Community Risk Management Planning Fire Standard Consultation

Community Risk Management Planning Fire Standard

Closing date of consultation: Monday 7 December 2020

The Fire Standards Board commissioned the development of the Community Risk Management Planning (CRMP) Fire Standard through the National Fire Chiefs Council Community Risk Programme.

The content of the CRMP fire standard has been influenced by a range of factors; these include the:

  • Findings from the Nottingham Trent University study into Fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management
  • Analysis of current risk management planning literature and guidance
  • Outputs from the CRP Definition of Risk Project
  • Importance of Equality Impact Assessment based on the work being undertaken by the NFCC People Programme
  • NFCC Protection, Prevention and Operations committees’ workstreams
  • Content of National Operational Guidance
  • NFCC Data and Digital programme work streams
  • Other CRP and NFCC work streams

The Fire Standard is underpinned by the Community Risk Management Framework which focusses on a five-step process for risk management supported by three key themes. The steps in the process include:

  1. Scope Definition – Understanding and explaining what the risk management process is planning for
  2. Hazard Identification – The process of recognising and describing hazards
  3. Risk Analysis – The process of characterising risks, including determining the risk level, where appropriate
  4. Decision-Making – The risk management process where decisions are made regarding allocating resources (people, money, tools and techniques) to mitigate risk
  5. Evaluation – Provides assurance that risk management strategies are achieving the desired outcome

Each of the above steps is supported by three key themes:

  • Data and Business Intelligence
  • Equality Impact Assessment
  • Public Engagement and Consultation

The consultation seeks to gather views about the draft Fire Standard itself as well as the impact on those organisations who will be expected to align to it. Some questions may only be relevant if you work for a fire and rescue service within England.

We encourage all fire and rescue services and governing bodies to provide a coordinated formal response, and welcome individual responses from colleagues in the Devolved Administrations and all stakeholders including those in the wider fire and rescue sector and from those with expertise in the risk sector.

How to participate  

For the purposes of this consultation, you are provided with a consultation pack which contains the following: 

  • The proposed Community Risk Management Planning Fire Standard
  • A copy of the consultation questions (allows you to prepare your response in advance before entering your answers online)

The consultation questions will ask for your views about the Fire Standard along with questions about the potential impact on your organisation should you work for a fire and rescue service within England.

Please be aware that you will need to complete the online survey in one session; for this reason, we strongly suggest that you:

  • review the proposed Fire Standard
  • read the consultation questions by downloading them below
  • capture your responses in a MS Word document before transferring them into the online survey so that you will not lose your notes in the event of technical issues

Consultation pack

You will be asked to provide your name, role, organisation and email address in case of any technical issue or if we need to contact you to clarify anything about your response. 

It is not mandatory to respond to all of the questions in the survey; you are welcome to only complete those areas that you have an interest or expertise in. 

When you are ready, please start the survey

What happens after the consultation has closed?

All the consultation responses will be considered in December 2020. Should any responses result in significant revisions to the Fire Standard, a further consultation may be initiated.

Following this, the Fire Standard will undergo a quality assurance process before the final Fire Standard is proposed to the Fire Standards Board for approval in early 2021.

If you have any questions about the consultation process please email contact@firestandards.org

Considerations and Notes

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