Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2021-2024

Welcome to the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2021-24 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 were made following a comprehensive review of data and evidence over several months. There were four actions proposed in the IRMP 2021-24. three of the four proposals were approved by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority (TWFRA) on September 13th. We were asked to further consider proposal three and, after amending the proposal, it was also approved by the TWFRA on October 11th, 2021.

The four Proposals that were approved, and will now be implemented, are:

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 [...]

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

News story on the approval of the final proposals:

IRMP 2021-2024 News Story