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Integrated Risk Management Plan Proposals 2014/15

This consultation closed on Friday 5th September 2014. You can view the consultation outcomes report which went to the Fire Authority on the 24th September 2014 here 

What is an Integrated Risk Management Plan?

Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP) are part of the Government’s agenda to reform and modernise the fire service. The main aim of them, is to make the service more responsive to locally identified needs and better able to deliver community fire safety.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Integrated Risk Management Plan

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service produces a three year Integrated Risk Management Plan. You can view our Integrated Risk Management Plan for 2013/14 to 2015/16 here.

We also produce an annual action plan that sets out proposals for change.

At its meeting on the 25th June 2014, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority agreed two proposals for consultation, which will form the IRMP action plan for 2014/15. These proposals are around our response to automatic fire alarms, and charges for special service calls.

Details of these proposals along with feedback surveys for each can be found below. These consultations will run from 30th June to 5th September 2014.

Proposed Changes to Our Response to Automatic Fire Alarms

Automatic fire alarms (AFAs) are systems of fire detection and fire alarms that are, mainly, installed in non-domestic premises (buildings).

In 2013/14 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended over 1900 calls to automatic fire alarm activations that turned out to be false alarms. These account for around 24% of all our incidents.

Attendance at these false alarms means that fire service staff and resources are not available to attend fires or other emergencies, or are taken away from essential training or prevention (community safety) work.

We are therefore, proposing to change to our response to automatic fire alarms. Details of the proposals are below:

1)    Not to attend automatic fire alarms between 08:00 and 18:00 at premises where people do not sleep, unless a fire has been confirmed (currently one fire engine will attend). We will still attend automatic fire alarms outside of these hours.

2)    To reduce our attendance to automatic fire alarms at premises where people sleep and some other higher risk premises (e.g. significant heritages site and sites with high risk manufacturing processes or storage)  to one fire engine at all times (currently one fire engine will attend during the day and two at night).

3)    Not to attend specific premises where there are repeated false alarms from automatic fire alarms and where the causes of these are not being addressed. (This would be an option of last resort after dialogue with the responsible person.)

Further information is available in the Fire Authority Report here.

This consultation closed on Friday 5th September 2014

(Please note we have added details on what we do with the information you submit at the bottom of this page)

Proposed Changes to Charges for Special Service Calls

Special service calls are incidents which do not involve fire or emergency medical assistance.

Currently North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service classifies special service calls in the following ways;

 1.    Emergency Special Service Calls

This would include calls which ‘involve the saving of a life or emergency rescue operations which release, or assist in the release of, persons from life threatening or dangerous situations, and all services of a humanitarian nature which promote human welfare or reduce suffering.” These include road traffic collisions, water rescues and dealing with chemical leaks.

 2.    Non Emergency Special Service Calls

This would include: pumping water from flooded buildings/vehicles where there is no question of danger to the public, removing chimney pots which have become a danger to the public, services which involve trapped animals or birds, providing safety cover at large public events etc.

The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, makes provision for fire authorities to charge for attending certain kinds of incidents, as set by the Fire Authority.

Currently North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service charge for the following services, in some circumstances:

  • Releasing people stuck in lifts, removing unsafe chimney pots where there is no immediate risk to life, pumping water from flooded premises, providing fire cover at large public events, small animal rescues, people locked out of their house, etc.

 We currently do not charge for the following services in most circumstances:

  •  Assisting the police to access people attempting suicide, large animal rescues, assisting householders with storm damaged property, transport of medical supplies during flooding, etc.

We are now proposing:
To cease charging for humanitarian special service calls of a non-emergency nature where the aim is to protect and support public safety and wellbeing.

Specifically as part of the consultation we want know what your expectations for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are around:

  •  Undertaking animal rescues
  • Assisting other emergency and public services
  • Other humanitarian services you would expect from the fire and rescue service

Emergency special service calls, such as attendance at road accidents and undertaking rescues from water are not part of the consultation and there are no proposals to charge for attending these incidents.

Further information is available in the Fire Authority Report here.


What happens to your information

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has a responsibility to let people know when consulting how information collected will be used and stored, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority uses SurveyMonkey to host surveys and collect responses. SurveyMonkey was chosen as it provides a service which is widely used and trusted as well as offering value for money.  It also offers the security that the Authority regards as essential when handling information. You can read their Privacy Policy and Security Statement.

The Authority has investigated the data assurance and legal framework which SurveyMonkey provides and has satisfied itself that it meets the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

SurveyMonkey Europe Sarl (SurveyMonkey's Luxembourg subsidiary which serves their non-U.S. customers), is regulated by European Union data privacy laws. Although respondent information will be held on the servers of the parent company which is based in the US, SurveyMonkey is a member of the US 'Safe Harbor Scheme'.  View it’s certificate on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor website.  This scheme, which is run by the US government, ensures that data is protected to the same level as it would be in the UK. The Safe Harbor scheme is recognised by the European Commission as providing adequate protection for the rights of data individuals in connection with the transfer of their personal data to signatories of the scheme in the USA.

In addition to this the Authority highlights in its surveys where personal information is asked for so that the respondent can make a fully informed decision about whether they wish to give their information or not.   

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