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Fire Services: Urban Areas

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors are taken into account when considering the merging or amalgamation of fire stations in urban areas; and if she will make a statement. (144089)

Fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) are required by the Fire and Rescue Service National Framework to have in place and maintain an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which reflects local need and sets out plans to tackle effectively both existing and potential risks to communities. The IRMP enables the authority to tailor cover to fire and other incidents to local circumstances by evaluating where risk is greatest and allocating resources accordingly.