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Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP)

Integrated Risk Management Plan 2021-22 Year 3 Refresh – Effective use of Resource Consultation

Each year we review our 3-year Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). The IRMP highlights the need for any updates we need to make as a result of the changing landscape we operate in.
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We use this annual review to outline key areas of work for that year and to consider any changes, locally or nationally, that might impact on what we need to do, and how we do it.
This year we have identified the need to review how we use our resources to ensure we are taking into account the changing needs of our communities. We also need to look into new ways of delivering our services, as we deal with a global pandemic.
Our aim for this consultation is to get views on how we continue to deliver our services during the third and final year of our IRMP. In addition to the global pandemic, whilst ensuring we utilise our staff as efficiently as possible.
The 12 week consultation is currently live and closes 12.00 Friday 12 February 2021. 

Please review the full Effective Use of Resources Consultation document before completing the survey which you can find below:

Have your say on this consultation

By taking part you are helping us on our improvement journey allowing us to offer the best emergency resources for Cornwall.

All Fire and Rescue Services in England have to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). This document identifies and assesses all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks and sets out how we plan to mitigate them. Integrated risk management plans are required to cover a minimum of three years.


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 

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is part of Cornwall Council and sits within the Neighbourhoods directorate. We use all the skills, experience and resources across the directorate to help make Cornwall safer. We aim to ensure 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 writes a service plan outlining their priorities and objectives and how they work together. Our Integrated Risk Management Plan is 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.  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.