Economic and Social Value of the UK FRS Project


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Project vision

"To provide the UK Fire and Rescue Service with the ability to consider the economic and social value of their activities when planning"

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

A key product of the project will be a report on the value of the fire service. The report will take into account all areas of fire and rescue service work.   An independent review commissioned by the programme, revealed the need for new research to establish the economic and social cost of risks which sit within the statutory and non-statutory duties of fire and rescue services.   

To deliver this, the project team will work with the Home Office to contribute to the refresh of the Economic Cost of Fire reportThis will also include the social cost of fire taking into account other costs and benefits; such as social value and social impact.  

This work will for the first time, provide a clearer and comprehensive picture of the value of the fire service to the UK economy and the public. The work will support risk management planning by allowing fire and rescue services to evaluate and understand the financial impact and benefit of risk interventions. 

The CRP is supported by key stakeholders from the fire sector including: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, the Local Government Association’s Fire Services Management Committee, the Home Office and the Fire Brigades Union. 

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Project Board

PROJECT EXECUTIVE: DAN QUINN, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

 John Buckley - Chief Fire Officer, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Leanne Little - Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Andy Macey - Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Iain Bowen - West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Indicative project timeline

Key Milestone

Start Date Status

Project business case

Feb 2020 Approved

Establish project board

March 2020 Complete

Phase 1 -Deliver detailed report providing high level methodology and recommendations

October 2020  Complete

Initiate Phase 2

November 2020 Commenced 

Develop and refine methodology

December 2020  

Test methodology

March 2021  

Deliver report on the Economic & Social Value of the UK FRS

June 2021  

Deliver beta version of tool allowing UK FRSs to calculate individual economic and social value of

their activities 

 June 2021  

Initiate phase 3 – Delivery of digital toolset

July 2021  

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