Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP)
What is IRMP?
IRMP is part of the Government’s agenda to reform and modernise the fire service. The main aim is to make the service more responsive to locally identified needs and better able to deliver community fire safety. By moving the service from reactive to proactive risk reduction and widening the quality and type of services provided, IRMP’s hope to deliver:
- A reduction in the number of fires and incidents.
- A reduction in loss of life.
- A reduction in the number and severity of injuries.
- Reduction of commercial, economic and social impact of fires and other incidents.
- Safeguarding the environment and heritage.
- Providing communities with value for money.
Outcomes of the IRMP process are fed into the Fire and Rescue Service Plan as part of the annual planning process.
There are five stages to the IRMP process. We are currently at Stage 5, which is the 13 week consultation period.
Identify existing and potential risks to the community
We will look in some detail at what has happened in recent years and what might reasonably be expected to happen. This will include examining the number, type, geographical location and time of day of all incidents attended in recent years.
We will then produce plans, maps, summaries and tables which show actual incidents and identifies areas, time periods and people to show how our resources have dealt with these incidents.
Evaluate the Effectiveness of Current Preventative and Response Arrangements
We will examine our current service provision, what we have achieved and how our performance compares with others.
We will identify our strengths and weaknesses in current prevention, response and resource allocation. The first key consideration is how well the present distribution of resources match the patterns of risks already identified.
At this stage we will ask:
- What might we have done differently;
- Did we get the balance right between prevention and intervention; and
- Has more time and resource been spent in non-productive activities (people shut in lifts, false alarms, etc.) then on those that might have greater benefits
While risk to property, the environment and heritage will continue to be of importance, risk to life will in future be given the highest priority.
Identify Opportunities for Improvement and Determine Policies and Standards for prevention and Intervention
The first step will be to identify the opportunities for improvement in community safety.
We will identify ways in which we can work in collaboration with the relevant agencies to deliver the wider aspects of improved public safety. The policies needed to deliver some improvements could relate to the terms and conditions on which staff are employed as well as operational matters.
We will compare resource implications that will flow from the prevention and intervention standards we consider setting, with the potential benefits that might be achieved by improved community safety.
Determine resource requirements to meet these Policies and Standards
We will consider the resources we need to deliver our goals, policies and standards.
IRMP is not a blank piece of paper; we will start by determining how resources should be redeployed rather than considering a wholly new disposition.
We will consult any person or organisation that might have a legitimate interest in the proposals under consideration, or who may be affected by those proposals.
Consultation will be proportional to the nature and extent of any changes proposed.