Pre-engagement for our Community Risk Management Plan

We are developing our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) which will run from April 2022 until 2027. Historically there has been an Integrated Risk Management Plan and a Fire and Rescue Plan. The CRMP will replace these two plans with one document that outlines the risks in our communities and how we plan to manage those risks to make people safer.

Take part in our consultation

Share your views on the draft Community Risk Management Plan we’ve put together. This Community Risk Management Plan is a five year strategic plan, and is supported by a Strategic Risk Analysis and an Equalities Impact Assessment. 

Head over to our Community Risk Management Plan webpages to read the plan and then complete a short survey

If you need the plan in another format, please call us on 01392 261287 or email

The consultation closes at noon on Friday 14 January 2022. 

All responses will be treated as confidential. At the end of the consultation period, responses will be analysed by an independent organisation. 

The final plan and consultation findings report will be presented to the Fire Authority so they can make an informed decision when approving the plan in February 2022.

The Community Risk Management Plan needs to be agreed and in place in April 2022. 


Pre-engagement for our Community Risk Management Plan

Feedback from our communities

Thank you to everyone who completed the pre-engagement survey and told us about the risks you face in your community. Just under 1,700 responses were received to the survey which ran throughout April and May. An independent third party analysed this feedback and provided us with a findings report. They also conducted online forums with some specific communities.

Here is a short summary of some of the findings from this engagement.

  • One-third of respondents said they felt anxious about some of the risks in their community, with people in rural areas more likely to feel anxious than urban or coastal communities. The most mentioned risks causing anxiety are road traffic collisions and limited firefighter availability.
  • When asked how we may reduce anxiety, having enough staff, no more cuts, and community engagement were most mentioned. 
  • Our staff and the public have different perceptions about future risks. The public was more likely to mention road traffic collisions or climate change. Our staff were more likely to mention residential or commercial developments, increases in population and road infrastructure.
  • There was a strong sense that individuals should take responsibility for reducing their own risk – although this was held much more strongly by members of the public and Council representatives (27%) than by our operational staff (17%).
  • The most significant additional comments focussed around thanks for the work that we do (17%) and expressing concerns around perceived station closures or staffing reductions (18%).
  • You want more engagement with us.
  • Businesses tend to feel less connected with us than the public.

This feedback, alongside feedback from our staff, partners as well as our incident data, is helping us develop our CRMP. Once the draft plan is published, we will check that information has been accurately represented in the plan during a period of consultation. This will be towards the end of 2021.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the CRMP process, please email or call 01392 261287.

Read the findings report

Community Risk Management Plan - Findings Report.odt

Pre-engagement survey 2021 findings report. 

Community Risk Management Plan - Findings Report.pdf

Pre-engagement survey 2021 findings report.


Learn more about our plans

Darren Peters (Head of Corporate Planning) explains a little bit more about the CRMP and why we're asking for your input. 

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