CRP Definition of Risk Project


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Project vision

“To deliver the UK Fire and Rescue Service a risk framework with an approach that supports the consistent identification, understanding and assessment of risk.”

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The NFCC Community Risk Programme aims to reduce community risk and vulnerability by delivering a set of national tools and guidance to improve risk management planning.  

Independent research commissioned by the NFCC and recent fire and rescue service inspections revealed that there is a need to coalesce around an agreed definition of risk. A critical gap identified by the CRP, supported by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) findings was that variation in approach across the UK made it difficult to benchmark aspects of the community risk management planning process nationally. One area this was prevalent in was the risk identification and assessment approaches adopted to determine the level of risk present. A critical success factor for this project will be to bring greater consistency to this area of work undertaken by FRSs.  

A key starting point for this project was the development and delivery of a national definition of risk together with accompanying documentation.  

This project has now completed its first phase and has produced:  

  • A national definition of risk in the context of Community Risk Management Planning (CRMP)
  • A strategic level CRMP framework, as the basis for an FRSs
  • A glossary of risk-related terms

Upon completion of phase 1, it was recognised that there is a need to develop the detail behind the key components of the strategic framework to make these products more useable. This will include a methodology (or methodologies) which will allow a consistent risk-based approach to risk management planning. These methodologies will be developed to enable fire and rescue services of all sizes and governance arrangements to make use of them when carrying out their own local risk management planning work.  

We are now entering phase 2 of this project which will commence in January 2021.  

Phase 2 will explore the details behind the components of the strategic risk assessment framework developed in phase 1 primarily in regard to:  

  • Hazardous events
  • Risk groups
  • Likelihood
  • Consequence
  • Risk Metric
  • Risk Criteria

The programme is supported by key stakeholders from the fire sector including HMICFRS, the Fire Services Management Committee, the Home Office and the Fire Brigades Union.  

Phase 2 of this project is expected to be complete by January 2022.  

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Project Board

Project Executive - Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service.

Dr Rowena Hill – Subject matter expert for risk, Principal Lecturer in External Engagement and Partnerships – Nottingham Trent University.

Mark Loynd – Group Commander, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Ged Devereux – Strategic Health Lead NFCC Prevention Committee / Public Health Practitioner, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Mark Cottell – Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, representative of the NFCC Protection Committee.

Jason Evans and Garry Davies – Area Managers, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Indicative project timeline
Key Milestone Date Status
Definition of Risk user survey completed by UK Fire & Rescue Services Dec 2019 - Jan 2020 Complete - 42 submissions received
Analysis of survey responses Jan - Feb 2020 Complete
First draft Definition of Risk, Risk Conceptualisation Framework, Glossary of Risk-Related Terms March 2020 Complete
UK Fire & Rescue Service consultation - national roadshows 16 April 2020

Delivered as pre-recorded webinar due to COVID-19 lockdown. 

Deadline for FRS feedback to consultation 22 May 2020  Complete - 44 responses received.
Phase 2: Scope development and approval    

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