Economic Value of the UK Fire and Rescue Service Project FAQs





1. Who is leading the project? 

The Project is being led by Dan Quinn, Assistant Chief Fire OfficerLincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

2. What is the governance structure for the project?

The project is led by the Project Executive supported by the Project Board. The Project Executive reports to the CRP Programme Board.

3. Why was this project commissioned by the CRP Board and NFCC?

The CRP Board commissioned Nottingham Trent University to carry out an independent review of the current state of risk management planning across the UK FRS. The report collected data from 43 UK FRSs, covering all governance models of fire service. 

Based on its research and analysis, the report made several recommendations to improve risk management planning in the UK FRS.  The eight projects agreed by the CRP Board were reached from the report’s evidence-based recommendations. The report recommended the NFCC develop a new toolkit for identifying and assessing community risk. 

In relation to this project, the review found that the Home Office’s Economic Cost of Fire report was out of date and required updating. The Home Office report only addressed fire service response to fire incidents, excluding prevention or protection activities. Furthermore, the data sets the Home Office utilised were based on the English Housing Survey only. 

4. What is the project trying to achieve? 

Project vision: 

"Understanding the benefits and value of Fire and Rescue Service activities in contributing towards the economic and social prosperity of our communities." 

The project will deliver a set of economic and social metrics which will be used by the project team to deliver a report on the economic and social value of the UK FRS. These metrics will also be utilised to deliver a tool allowing UK FRSs to determine their own individual economic and social value. The tool and metrics will be used by the UK FRS to support effective financial evaluation of activities and risk based funding decisions.

5. What does economic value mean? 

You may have come across the term ‘social return on investment’ (SROI), a method for measuring, managing and accounting for social value or social impact. This project intends to deliver a method for calculating the economic and social value/impact of the UK FRS.

6. What are the envisaged benefits of the project for theUK FRS? 

  • Enable FRS informed and defendable decision making – risk based funding. 
  • Inform the Government Comprehensive Spending Review. 
  • Understand the economic and social benefits of UK FRS - including prevention, protection and response activities. 

7Are there any dependencies with other CRP projects?

The product of this project will feed directly into the CRMP Guidance project and has links to the Data projects and the Definition of Risk project. 

8What is the project scope?

The project will look at all FRS activity in the key areas of Prevention, Protection, Response as well as measuring social value. The approach will define means for each FRS to calculate the economic values and social benefits of their activities.  

In phase one, NTU delivered a report outlining the recommended methodology for delivering the report.

Phase 2 will refine the value methodology, identify the required data and produce a report on the economic and social value of the UK FRS.This initial report will complement the Home Office work on the ‘Economic and Social Cost of Fire’ report. This phase will deliver the first iteration of a tool to allow FRSs to create their own individual reports.

Phase 3 will refine the toolset to deliver a digital version providing a user friendly robust solution for creating the economic and social value reports.

9How will the products be developed?

The project team have worked with economists at the Nottingham Trent University to deliver the initial recommended methodology report. The project team is also liaising with colleagues at the Home Office, to ensure our work is aligned with their Economic and Social Cost of Fire workstream.

The project team will be seeking tenders for a provider to deliver phase 2.

The CRP Technical Working Group – made up of UK FRS risk practitioners, will also support this work. 

At a Programme level, the CRP Programme Executive and Programme Manager provide regular programme and project updates at NFCC Committee meetings and stakeholder meetings such as the NFCC's Strategic Engagement Forum. The Programme Executive also meets quarterly with our formal stakeholders at the Home Office, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, Fire Brigades Union and Fire Services Management Committee.

The team will consult the UK FRS on the draft report and for user acceptance testing of the methodology and toolset. The final report will then follow the NFCC approval process prior to publication.

An indicative project timeline can be found on the main project page here.

10What will the products look like?

The report and its associated products will be presented digitally and form part of the Programme’s digital toolkit which will be comprised of the products of each project. (see CRP FAQs for more information on the digital toolkit.)

11When can we expect products to be available for FRSs to utilise?

Phase 2 is expected to be completed summer 2021, the CRP will then work with FRSs to help implement the tools in their respective risk management processes. An indicative project timeline can be found on the main project page here.

12How can I get involved?

If you feel you have something to offer the project and would like to be involved in our work, please contact us by emailing: 

*The CRP will refer to integrated risk management plans as Community Risk Management Plans (CRMPs) to be inclusive of all UK FRSs.