Data Management

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We are grateful for all the feedback we received through the consultation on the Data Management Fire Standard, all of which has been considered. We have provided an explanation and rationale for the changes made to the final version of the Fire Standard in the table below.

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Desired outcome

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Using data to:
a) drive decisions in order to improve the quality of the service provided; and
b) help employees work effectively
was important, however it would also allow services to improve accessible ways of working.
The following statement was revised to reflect the points made:
“Using insights from data, it makes evidence-based decisions, unlocking improved accessible ways of working and enabling employees to work effectively.”
The Fire Standard could be interpreted in a way that fire and rescue services must put in place complex and expensive processes, systems and tools to manage data and records in a secure, accurate, complete and auditable way. The Fire Standard was revised to clarify that the management of data should be done in a way that was proportionate to the needs of the service. The original statement was revised to:
“When it collects and receives data and maintains records, it does so in a secure, accurate, complete and auditable way which is proportionate to the service”

To achieve the Fire Standard

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Services should take a risk-based approach to managing data and actively manage these within a risk framework. The Fire Standard was revised to reflect this, and the following wording was added: “understand its data-related organisational risks and put in place controls to manage them;”.
Data should be made available in an accessible format to all The Fire Standard was revised to reflect the need for equality of access to data, and the following wording was added: “make data available and in an accessible format to those who need it”.
Data Sharing Agreements are beneficial to community and the service, but also to partners, educational establishments, stakeholders, suppliers and others. The Fire Standard was revised to reflect that others also benefit from Data Sharing Agreements.

The term “others” is expanded upon in the accompanying glossary.

Legal Requirements (mandatory duty)

 

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Environmental Information Regulations was a key piece of legislation that was missing from the proposed list of requirements. This legislation was added to the Fire Standard.

Guidance and supporting information

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The following guidance was missing from the proposed guidance listed:

  1. Information Commissioners Office guidance and Codes of Practice
  2. Local Government Transparency Code
  3. Digital, Data and Technology Profession Capability Framework
  4. ICO Re-use of Public Sector Information
  5. LGA Data Learning Modules
This guidance was added to the Fire Standard.