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Fire Prevention

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance and advice notes his Department has issued in relation to (a) integrated fire risk management plans and (b) the national fire services framework. (292707)

IRMP Guidance Note 4 was reissued in September 2009 and offers Fire and Rescue Authorities a framework in which to develop, implement and manage a risk-based inspection programme which takes account of both the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and CLG’s update of the ‘Other Building Fire Frequencies’ data which underpin the Fire Service Emergency Cover (FSEC) Toolkit.

The current Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) National Framework for 2008 to 2010 was published May 2008.

The Department issues FRS circulars, the majority of which provide important information or guidance on expectations set out within the National Framework. A table listing the 62 circulars issued to date for 2009 has been deposited in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance his Department has issued to fire authorities on Community Risk Management. (292825)

Fire and Rescue Authorities produce Community Risk Plans as part of the Integrated Risk Management Planning process.

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 for fire and other incidents to local circumstances—evaluating where risk is greatest and allocating resource accordingly.

A range of guidance on the drawing up of IRMPs has been issued to FRAs and is available on the Communities and Local Government website.

FRAs are also required by the National Framework, in drawing up their IRMPs, to have regard to the risk analyses completed by Local and Regional Resilience Forums including those reported in external Community Risk Registers (CRRs) and internal risk registers, to ensure that civil and terrorist contingencies are captured in their IRMP.

The Cabinet Office issues guidance in the form of the Local Risk Assessment Guidance which contains information on generic hazards and threats that should assist category 1 responders (including the fire and rescue service) in performing their risk assessment duties required under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.