The fire and rescue plan presents key priorities and projects during a three-year period. We also produce an annual progress update against priorities identified within our current plan.
Each new plan builds on previous work and introduces new initiatives to address risks posed to communities and businesses in Northumberland.
Since the last plan was produced, the performance of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has continued to improve, and our aim is to build on this trend in the years ahead.
Why do we produce a fire rescue plan?
The plan is our assessment of the local risk to life and how we intend to deploy our resources. It is an approach to managing risk, requiring the service to re-focus, putting people first by concentrating on preventing fire and other incidents from occurring. It is about ensuring the service has the correct level of response to deal with emergencies.
Since April 2003, every fire and rescue authority has been required to produce a local integrated risk management plan that sets out the authority’s strategy for:
- reducing the number and severity of fires, road traffic accidents and other emergency incidents
- reducing the commercial, economic and social impact of fires and other emergency incidents
- safeguarding the environment and heritage (both built and natural)
- providing value for money
The fire rescue plan is Northumberland’s integrated risk management plan. It is a forward-looking document that details our plans for improvements in the years ahead, reflecting local needs and tackling both existing and potential risk to communities.
What are the different stages involved in producing the fire rescue plan?
There are a number of key stages involved in producing the plan including:
- identifying our existing risks
- evaluating how well we deal with these risks
- identifying opportunities for improvement
- determining policies and standards
- determining resources
- consulting with the public
Public consultation for the fire rescue plan
We recognise it is essential residents, partners and other stakeholders are fully consulted regarding any improvements and policy proposals. We believe it is essential for people to have their say.
When producing a new plan, we undertake a 12-week public consultation programme to ensure we can capture as much feedback as possible. At the start of this period, we circulate a draft version of the plan and invite comments from all members of our communities. Following the completion of this, we review all comments submitted and prepare a final version of the plan for the approval of the fire authority.
We produce an annual update, presenting our progress against the priorities and projects identified within the current plan. If specific or substantial issues come to light during the period covered by the annual updates, we may complete a new public consultation, if we deem it appropriate.