Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2021-2024

Welcome to the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2021-24 consultation page.  The IRMP is the process used for making changes to the Service, and ensuring that services are planned, designed and delivered in a way that balances available resources and community risk, and promotes continuous improvement. The proposals contained within the IRMP 2021-24 have been made following a comprehensive review of data and evidence over several months. There are four actions proposed in the IRMP 2021-24, and consultation on these proposals will take place between 16 June and 11 August 2021.

Our current IRMP Proposals can be found in the following links:

Proposal 1 – To introduce an additional fire appliance

IRMP - To introduce an additional fire appliance Following a comprehensive review of risk and incident data, we commenced a pilot in October 2020 introducing an additional fire appliance (fire engine) into our fleet. This appliance was based at West Denton Community Fire Station, which was identified, using extensive data and risk information, as the [...]

Proposal 2 – To primary staff the Service’s Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALPs)

IRMP - To primary staff the Service’s Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALPs) Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALPs) are used to respond to various incidents at height. As a result of IRMP 2014-17, at a time when there were successive requirements to save money as a result of significant and prolonged budget cuts to Tyne and Wear Fire [...]

Proposal 3 – To change the current shift arrangements at Birtley Community Fire Station

IRMP - To change the current shift arrangement at Birtley Community Fire Station Current staffing arrangements in the Service include a combination of on-call, day crewing close call (DCCC) and 2-2-4 (2 day shifts; 2 night shifts; 4 days off duty). Following a legal challenge of the DCCC staffing arrangement in 2018, the High Court [...]

Proposal 4 – To change the current shift arrangements at Rainton Bridge Community Fire Station

IRMP - To change the current shift arrangement at Rainton Bridge Community Fire Station Current staffing arrangements in the Service include a combination of on-call, day crewing close call (DCCC) and 2-2-4 (2 day shifts; 2 night shifts; 4 days off duty). Following a legal challenge of the DCCC staffing arrangement in 2018, the High [...]

TWFRS IRMP Response Proposals 2021-24 – Consultation Survey

Consultation

As a member of the community, your views are important, and all feedback on the proposed actions will help inform the final proposals that we present to Fire Authority in the Autumn.  To take part in the consultation, please complete the IRMP 2021-24 survey.

Background

The Fire and Rescue National Framework for England (2018) requires all Fire and Rescue Services to have an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). 

Our understanding of risk is underpinned by data and evidence, and the IRMP supports decision making and future changes to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. 

A Response Review Team was formed to co-ordinate and undertake a comprehensive review of Response in support of the Integrated Risk Management Planning process (IRMP).

The Response Review Team assessed the existing and anticipated risks that affect our community, to ensure our response capabilities proposed within this IRMP consultation allow us to continue to deliver our vision of “Creating the Safest Community” for Tyne and Wear.

Previous IRMP actions carried forward

In February 2019, a decision was made by the Fire Authority to carry over actions from the previous IRMP 2017-20 . These actions were as follows: 

Introduce a range of duty systems based on risk and demand​​​​​​​

This proposal involves redefining the duty system operated on certain stations to better accommodate relatively lower levels of community risk and incident related demand whilst minimising the impact on attendance times.

Adjust the staffing model to deliver a more effective and efficient use of resources
Within this proposal there were 3 separate elements:

Adjust start and finish time of shift 

This proposal is being reviewed as part of day to day business.

Review staffing levels at all stations

A decision has been taken not to moderate the staffing levels.

Amend staffing levels in mobilising control​​​​​​​
The element to amend staffing levels in mobilising control was concluded on 12 October 2020. It was agreed by Fire Authority to no longer look to reduce the control room by four firefighters. It was deemed too high a risk to reduce the resilience provided by the control operators.

Our previous SCSP/IRMP 2020-21 can be found here:

Strategic Community Safety Plan – Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

To view the Fire Authority report, detailing the IRMP review, please visit…

Fire Authority Report

Fire and Rescue National Framework:

View the National Framework

If you have any additional feedback, or questions on the proposals of our IRMP 2021-24, you can email:

consultation@twfire.gov.uk