Agenda item

West Midlands Fire Service - Community Risk Management Plan

To consider (WMFS) West Midlands Fire Service’s Community Risk Management Plan.


In attendance: Patrick Gibson (West Midlands Fire Service – Solihull Station Commander).

West Midlands Fire Service presented their 2022-2025 Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) for consideration and discussion.

The Board was advised that the purpose of the Plan was to identify and assess all foreseeable risks that communities in the West Midlands might face – from house fires and road traffic collisions, through to flooding and terrorism. That information was then used to shape WMFS priorities, their Service Delivery Model and how they used their resources to reduce risk and vulnerability in local communities.

WMFS delivered a PowerPoint presentation to support the item and a copy of the Plan was circulated together with further detail background information.

In summary, the key work-streams to identify community risk included:

·  Risk Modelling - historic incident data alongside a range of other people and place datasets were used to identify characteristics present within communities that had the highest and lowest risk of an incident occurring.

·  Trend Analysis - strategic risk analysis, incident reports and performance dashboards helped identify annual and temporal trends in all incidents reported to WMFS.

·  Research - literature reviews of credible academic work to understand the research that existed globally into incident response management planning.

·  External Environment – to consider the social, technological, economic, environmental, political, legal and ethical factors that might affect service delivery and/or presented opportunities for inclusion within the Plan.

·  Forecasting – looking beyond the three-year CRMP planning cycle to understand potential future requirements taking account of global factors and major incidents to better understand unprecedented events.

·  Current Service Capabilities - reviewing existing capabilities and whether they were proportionate to the foreseeable hazardous scenarios WMFS were likely to respond to.

In addition to the above, the Board also received a detailed appraisal of calls for service and service performance.

Having considered the report, the Board asked the following questions and made the following observations:

·  Cllr Mrs Sleigh asked for further detail in relation to the next round of CRMP public consultation and was advised that research and data which highlighted emerging risks would form the basis for community consultation. A comprehensive communications plan would also support the launch of the consultation to ensure strong engagement with the public and partner agencies.

·  Cllr M Carthew highlighted from the report the work undertaken with schools and colleges and asked if similar work was also undertaken with community, youth and religious groups. WMFS advised that all community fire stations either undertook, or were part of, a number of community initiatives throughout the year.

·  Cllr P Hogarth MBE highlighted and endorsed WMFS community initiatives such as the Fire Cadets; a national uniformed cadet group open to young people between the ages of 11 to 16. Cllr Hogarth also highlighted Safeside, WMFS’s learning and interactive safety village for children, young people, adults and in the future, businesses.

·  Mrs A McGrory asked if within the WMFS risk analysis for the coming winter (and taking account of the cost of living crisis), had the scenario of residents using different methods of heating their homes been taken into account. WMFS confirmed that it had already been acknowledged as an emerging risk. In terms of targeting those at high risk of vulnerability, WMFS were also asked if those groups were identified through direct referrals or via data analysis. WMFS advised that numerous data sources were used to trigger support interventions to protect those groups.

·  The Chairman asked how the public were kept informed of emerging local risks. WMFS referred to their website which publicised current hot spots for certain types of incidents together with seasonal safety advice. In addition to that, Cllr P Hogarth MBE also highlighted that, previously, WMFS had undertaken checks on electric blankets and given the likelihood of residents turning their heating down (or off) this winter, he asked if it was prudent to offer the same initiative again. In response, WMFS highlighted the ongoing prevention work undertaken at each community fire station.


That, the contents of the presentation and report be noted and welcomed.


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