Fire service update four-year Safety Plan
We have updated our Safety Plan which sets our priorities for 2020-2024, to ensure those areas of focus are still relevant and meeting the needs of our communities.
Updating our plan gives us the opportunity to assess our progress against a number of key pieces of work, such as our response to the latest His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services inspection report.
Residents and businesses were invited to take part in a six-week consultation recently, between 16 October and 26 November, to shape our plan.
Responses from the consultation identified a need to increase working with the most vulnerable in our communities and with partner agencies to improve our collective response.
Rob Barber, Chief Fire Officer, said: “The Safety Plan outlines our priorities and the approach we will take to ensure we do not compromise on our commitment to protecting our local communities, reducing risk and maintaining firefighter safety.
“It has been really pleasing to see the numbers of responses increase significantly from our previous consultation for our Safety Plan in 2019.
“We received responses from a broad representation of the diverse communities we serve on a daily basis in Staffordshire. This means that we are able to evaluate the requirements of our communities and ensure that they are at the heart of our decision making and activities over the next 12 months. We want our service to be consistent and valuable to those most in need and this plan is another step in achieving that.”
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime Ben Adams said: “By consulting with our communities, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue has ensured that this plan takes account of local people’s views in prioritising how to keep us all safe.
“Alongside prevention and protection, I’m pleased to see that the plan includes innovative work to support the most vulnerable in our communities through initiatives like the falls trial, working alongside the health service, which is a key priority in my Fire & Rescue Plan.”
The Safety Plan is available to view at staffordshirefire.gov.uk/media/tqumpuxl/sfrs-safety-plan-dec-2023-update.pdf where you can click through the different sections or there is an option to download a PDF. For those without Internet, access to a hard copy can be requested by calling 0300 330 1000.