18 October 2012

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is encouraging people to give views on its draft improvement plans.

All fire and rescue services are required by the government to produce and consult on a strategic plan that outlines proposals for change and planned actions in the coming years. This is known as an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).

Since the introduction of the IRMP process in 2004, the fire and rescue service has achieved a number of improvements including:

  • A 20% reduction in accidental dwelling fires and corresponding improvements in fire injury statistics
  • A 60% reduction in primary fires
  • A 65% reduction in secondary fires
  • A reduction in deliberate fires as a whole
  • A 73% reduction in the number of hoax calls to which an attendance was made
  • A 60% reduction in the number of incidents attended due to false alarms from automatic fire alarm systems
  • The most recent post incident customer satisfaction survey reported 100% satisfaction

The service has also worked in partnership to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents and is providing life-saving intervention to medical emergencies across the county, through successful partnership working with the ambulance service.

The 2013-2017 draft plan also includes plans for the development of a strategic alliance between Northamptonshire and Warwickshire fire and rescue authorities which will see both authorities benefit by developing closer working and joint commissioning arrangements.

County council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “The plan sets out what Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is working to achieve over the next few years.

“We have seen many successful outcomes over the past few years and I was very pleased to see some of the excellent work carried out by firefighters being recognised at the BBC 999 awards last month.

“We now want people to give us their views on the goals and priorities included in the plan, to make sure we are continuing to provide an effective and efficient service whilst also facing ongoing financial challenges, and help ensure our vision of a safer Northamptonshire continues to be realised.

“Only by knowing your views can we be sure that the services we provide are meeting the needs and expectations of the public.”

The consultation period runs from 11th October 2012 to 4th January 2013 and feedback is sought for the draft plan which covers the period of 2013 to 2017.

To take part, people can visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations.