To consider a report from the Chief Fire Officer (copy enclosed)
Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Fire Officer which detailed the final version of the IRMP 2019–2023 and asked members to endorse the final version for recommendation to Full Council.
The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue presented the Integrated Risk Management Plan, which was a statutory document with the main purpose of making the Fire Service more responsive to locally identified risk. It provided a risk-managed approach to community safety, fire protection and emergency response that will contribute to a safer Cumbria.
It was noted that the IRMP included the key deliverables for the service to work towards over the next four years, and included a four year delivery plan, which focused on :-
The Cabinet Member reported that one of the innovative ideas within the plan was to pilot the use of smaller Rapid Response Vehicles in a small number of lower risk and demand areas. These vehicles were smaller than a normal fire engine and would allow the Fire Service to provide a better response to the people of Cumbria.
The new Plan had been through a comprehensive consultation process that had allowed the people of Cumbria a say in how our Fire and Rescue Service continued to target its resources in the most efficient manner. All the consultation responses that related to the current IRMP had been considered, and responses to the main points raised were included in the Cabinet Paper.
The Cabinet Member asked that it be noted that Copeland Local Committee passed a motion at the meeting held on 15 January 2019 to not support the IRMP proposal to introduce a Rapid Response Vehicle at Frizington.
In recommending the IRMP to Full Council for approval, Cabinet would give the staff who worked for Service, the public and other agencies certainty about the strategic direction of travel over the next four years.
Cabinet asked the Chief Fire Officer to investigate whether it would be possible to bring the Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) to full Council on 11 April 2019, to allow all members the opportunity to see the vehicle. The Chief Fire Officer agreed to investigate.
RESOLVED, that the report be noted and approved and that the final version of the IRMP be RECOMMENDED for adoption by full Council.