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Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP)

What is IRMP?

All Fire and Rescue Services in England are required to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP), which identifies and assesses all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks and sets out how we plan to mitigate these risks. Integrated risk management plans are required to cover a minimum of a three-year period.

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Integrated risk management planning is designed to give fire and rescue services the flexibility to use resources in the most effective way to save lives, improve public safety and reduce emergency incidents.

View the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019-2022

View the Cornwall fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan 2020-2021 year-two review 

We are accountable to our communities and consultation is one of the ways for us to understand the views of the communities we serve. Our 2019-2022 IRMP was developed in consultation with our communities, staff and elected members. The findings from the consultation informed our priorities and objectives for the IRMP 2019-2022.

Please view the IRMP 2019-2022 Consultation Evaluation Report.

As part of the 2020-2021 annual review of our IRMP, we undertook consultation on our local response standards. The feedback we gathered was analysed and the results presented in a report to Members of the Council’s Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee, alongside final proposals. Following scrutiny form our elected members our final proposals have been incorporated in our Cornwall and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan Annual Review 2020-2021.

Please view the IRMP 2020-2021 Local Response Standards Consultation Evaluation report. 

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is part of Cornwall Council and sits within the Neighbourhoods directorate. We use the breadth of skills experience and resources across the directorate to help make Cornwall safer, ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of people, places and the environment, as well as responding to fires and other emergencies. Each service within the Neighbourhoods directorate develops a service plan outlining their priorities and objectives and how they work collectively to support the Cornwall Council Business Plan. Our Integrated Risk Management Plan acts as the Service Plan for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. 

Stage 1

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.

Stage 2

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.

Stage 3

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.

Stage 4

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.

Stage 5


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.

The government provide fire and rescue authorities with a statutory framework within which to operate. The framework was revised in 2018.

View the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England

The document gives clear guidance on what the Integrated Risk Management Plan must be for fire authorities, including:

  • being easily accessible and publicly available
  • reflect effective consultation throughout its development and at all review stages with the community, its workforce and representative bodies, and partners
  • cover at least a three year time span and be reviewed and revised as often as it is necessary to ensure that fire and rescue authorities are able to deliver the requirements set out in this Framework
  • reflect up-to-date risk analysis including an assessment of all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks
  • demonstrate how prevention, protection and response activities will be best used to prevent fires and other incidents and mitigate the impact of identifies risks on the community
  • outline allocation of resources for the mitigation of risks
  • set out a management strategy and risk-based programme for enforcing the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005)

We undertake a strategic assessment of our risks, which forms part of our Risk Based Evidence Profile (RBEP) this drives our evidence-led decision making, and underpins our IRMP. We consult with the public, partners, our staff and elected members, to inform our priorities and how we deliver our services.

We are required to produce an annual statement of assurance as part of the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England, published in May 2018.  The purpose of the statement is to provide assurance to communities and the Government that the service is being delivered efficiently and effectively. Whilst the Fire and Rescue National Framework sets out the Government’s priorities and objectives for fire and rescue authorities in England, it does not prescribe operational matters as these are determined locally by fire and rescue authorities. The annual statement of assurance provides assurance on financial, governance and operational matters.