Injuries as a result of fires down in Cumbria
Published at 09:50, Thursday, 10 October 2013
INJURIES as a result of fire in Cumbria have fallen.
The county council’s cabinet is set to approve public consultation on the Fire and Rescue Service’s integrated risk management plan (IRMP) for 2014-17 at their meeting next Wednesday (17 October).
The IRMP provides a detailed assessment of the county’s diverse communities and the risks they face.
It also takes into account wider issues within Cumbria as well as national risks. It sets a strategy for the management of risks and provides a basis for planning and prioritises the service’s work.
The plan also informs a set of proposals about the future shape of the service that will feature as part of the council’s wider public consultation on proposals for its 2014/15 budget. The two consultations will happen in parallel.
The IRMP describes a picture of sustained reduction in risk across the county over recent years, with only four areas remaining in the high risk category, down from 18 six years ago.
The IRMP also highlights:
• Injuries from fires in the home are at an all-time low; incidents across Cumbria have reduced by 34% in the last six years and fire related injuries by a huge 69%.
• Incidents attended have gone down from over 6,500 in 2007/08 to less than 4,500 in 2012/13.
• CFRS Revenue budget has also been reduced with a six year reduction of almost 10% (£22.295m in 2008/09 to £20.091 in 2013/14).
The public are being invited to comment on the IRMP via a consultation that will run from 17 October to 20 January.
Adrian Buckle, assistant chief fire officer, said: “The IRMP underpins the work we do. As a service we use hard evidence to help us make the right decisions.
“The reality is that we have made a huge effort on the fire prevention front over recent years, tens of thousands of home safety visits have been carried out, and this work has had a significant impact.
“This draft IRMP reflects this.
“The consultation is about giving people the opportunity to read our assessment and tell us whether they think we’ve got it right.
“I’d encourage people to have their say.”
The consultation will go live on 17 October and will be available from www.cumbria.gov.uk/fire
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