Cheshire Fire Authority Consultation

Cheshire Fire Authority has now published its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2019/2020 for consultation.

Every year the Authority publishes an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). This plan is about improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives.

The plan provides information on the risks facing Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and details how the organisation is structured and operates to mitigate these risks. It also details how Cheshire Fire Authority is funded and outlines plans for the future, which include:

Proposing to increase the Authority’s precept (council tax) by 2.99% in 2019/2020. The Authority currently levies £75.48 per year (£1.45 per week) for a Band D equivalent property in Cheshire.

Continuing with a programme of work to improve how the Service recruits and retains on-call firefighters. On-call firefighters are members of the local community who live or work near to the fire station and use an alerter to respond to emergency calls when required.

Undertake a staff engagement survey to measure the engagement of the workforce.

Subject to planning permission, commence work on the development of a replacement, fit for purpose fire station in Chester on the site of the existing building on St Anne Street.

Progress the development of an operational training centre at its Sadler Road site in Winsford.

Plan for a joint fire and police facility on the site of the existing fire station in Macon Way, Crewe, alongside Cheshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Begin work on a wider programme of modernisation across a number of fire stations and other properties.

Commencing a ‘whole service’ review of the Service. This review will set the direction for the Service over the period 2020-2024. The outcomes of the review may be subject to consultation as part of future IRMPs, but to support this work we’d like you to let us know what you think our priorities should be and which activities you would like your fire and rescue service to undertake to improve the local community.

Consultation closes: 4th January 2019

For more information visit: https://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/about-us/key-documents/irmp/irmp-201920-plan

Parish Clerk: Dr Elizabeth Maddock

Lower Withington Parish Council