Welcome to Gloucestershire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) covering the 2022 - 25 period.
As the Fire and Rescue Authority, and governing body for the county, Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has a legal duty to ensure that we provide a highly effective and efficient Fire and Rescue Service that is also value for money. The CRMP is the vision of how we plan to mitigate the risks to our communities over the coming years.
The service continues to face wide-ranging challenges from a continually evolving risk picture, new legislation and national drivers that require it to ‘reform’. This plan will demonstrate to the people of Gloucestershire the dedication and commitment made to ensuring their ongoing safety and provides assurance that ‘come what may’ Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is prepared for every eventuality and able to react accordingly.
“Working together we will provide the highest standard of community safety and emergency response services to the communities of Gloucestershire”
GCC made a declaration to reach net zero emissions by 2030. GFRS has a part to play in achieving that goal and has already taken steps to support this by moving away from diesel powered response vehicles where it can. Meanwhile the effects of climate change are all around us and this is reflected in our operational response e.g. flooding incidents. This is a frequent and expected event in parts of Gloucestershire but occasionally we see flooding in areas previously unaffected and the expectation for us to take action to protect peoples property and possessions is naturally high. We have some equipment available at our disposal, the necessary training and national memorandum of understanding that ensures we can draw on resources far and wide should we need them.
Overall we continue to seek ethical and sustainable procurement for our consumable items, our PPE and equipment and include the learning from many months of COVID-19. Our agile working programme has been accelerated by the pandemic and evolved to reduce unnecessary journeys for meetings and other events by interacting virtually thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
We remain confident that, with the unstinting support of the GCC, GFRS will deliver a high class prevention, protection and response service to the communities of Gloucestershire for the foreseeable future living up to the service’s mission statement.
Cllr Dave Norman, Cabinet member for Public Protection, Parking and Libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, and Mark Preece, Interim Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.