Help shape future of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

Date Published : July 18th, 2016    Published By : admin

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service wants to hear from the public and stakeholders on 6 high level proposals which will help shape the future direction of fire and rescue service provision in Northern Ireland over the next 5 years.

The proposals are contained in the NIFRS Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2016-2021, a planning process used by the UK Fire and Rescue Service to manage risk in the community by ensuring the right resources, are in the right place at the right time.

The proposals will set the framework for how NIFRS will better identify and manage risk to meet the needs of the community and to protect the public and Firefighters from the dangers of fire and other emergency incidents.

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The 6 high level proposals identified by NIFRS for managing community risk are:

Proposal 1 – Develop our risk analysis capability to effectively target resources by investing in risk analysis tools and ensuring our personnel are suitably skilled to assess risk.

Proposal 2 – Review our service delivery and management structure in-line with risk to ensure our resources match local risk levels.

Proposal 3 – Explore options to deliver a road safety awareness campaign targeted at 16-24 year olds and re-focus our efforts to reduce death/serious injuries and improve driving behaviour amongst this target age group.

Proposal 4 – Review and effectively manage the Retained Duty System (On Call Firefighters) to meet the future requirements of the organisation.

Proposal 5 – Review existing Emergency Response Standards to ensure they complement our recent community risk assessment.

Proposal 6 – Explore opportunities for collaborative working with Health & Social Care Services and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to deliver an improved service to the community.

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Gary Thompson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Operations explains – “NIFRS is committed to keeping the public safe from the dangers of fire, road traffic collisions and other types of emergency response incidents.  We have carried out a comprehensive risk analysis of Northern Ireland which helps us predict the greatest areas of risk so that we can utilise our resources accordingly.

“Our intention is to use this risk information to target and fully integrate our community safety (prevention) work, our protection activities including fire safety inspection and enforcement, with our emergency response provision to provide a more effective and outcome focused service to the community we serve.

“NIFRS must become a more dynamic and flexible organisation to respond to the changing needs of the community.  How we deliver our service in the future needs to be continually challenged to ensure we are providing the people of Northern Ireland with an effective and efficient fire and rescue service equipped to respond to the needs of the community.”

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To Have Your Say you can download the IRMP 2016-2021 consultation documents from the NIFRS website  Hard copies are available from the IRMP Team, NIFRS Headquarters, 1 Seymour Street, Lisburn, BT27 4SX. Phone 028 9266 4221 or email

The 12-week consultation period will run from 8 July until 30 September 2016.  Where the outworking of the proposals result in future change which impacts on levels of service or on the terms and conditions of our staff, further specific consultation will take place before any changes are implemented.

Picss: (Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service)

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