…and Integrated Risk Management Planning – Fire Research Series 5/2008

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 was introduced to provide a framework for civil protection and defines organisations into Category 1 (such as fire, police and ambulance) and Category 2 responders such as the Health and Safety Executive. Category 1 responders “assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning”.

Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) were created to bring together all the Category 1 and 2 organisations who have a duty to co-operate under the Civil Contingencies Act. There are 43 LRFs within England. Amongst other tasks, LRFs complete risk assessment of civil contingencies within their areas, produce Community Risk Registers and ensure multi-agency plans, procedures, training and exercises exist.

The research had four main phases:
1. A review of what tools and data are available to conduct risk analysis of the probabilities and consequences of emergencies by LRFs and FRSs. This has been achieved by consulting a sample of 10 LRFs, 14 FRSs and 8 Category 2 responders in England. We also reviewed the results of the OASD review of IRMPs conducted as part of the Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) and a sample of Community Risk Registers
(CRRs). As we used a sample of LRFs and FRSs the findings are indicative rather than exhaustive.

2. A gap analysis to identify any shortfalls in risk assessment tools, techniques and data that are available and used, as well as identifying good practice in current use of data and tools.

3. Identification of other data, tools and techniques that would further support the risk analysis of the LRFs and IRMPs.

4. Recommendations were provided for the Operational Assessment of Service Delivery toolkit regarding the selection and use of risk assessment tools, techniques and data by FRSs.


You can view the report here.