Plan to shape future of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service set for approval

Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to approve a plan that will help shape the future of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS).

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Consultation into the fire and rescue service’s Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) took place over an eight week period in October and November last year.

It is an assessment of risks and how effectively resources are used to address those risks.

The CRMP outlines nine key objectives for GFRS which will be delivered during the life of the plan, to include prevention, protection, response activities and use of data and technology.

It also sets out to improve the Service’s inclusive culture, to ensure it attracts and develops a diverse workforce and emphasises the importance of collaborating with partners.

A survey asking residents to rate the priorities identified by GFRS in terms of importance received 247 responses and there were 1,300 visitors to the consultation page online.

Following the comments received, there is now more emphasis on learning and development in one of the objectives and wording has been made clearer in others.

It is being proposed to extend the CRMP to a four-year plan, instead of three, covering 2022 to 2026, to include possible findings in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to be published in spring 2022, along with the additional learning and development work.

The county council’s cabinet will be asked to approve the content of the CRMP at a meeting next Wednesday (30 March).

Chief Fire Officer Mark Preece said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation for sharing their thoughts on the plan. Planning for the future of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is extremely important and your feedback will help us continue to make improvements.”

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I’m really grateful to everyone who gave their views during the consultation period. Your contributions will help to shape the future of the Service and continue the progress it is making.”

You can read the full cabinet report here.

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