CRMP Guidance Project FAQs




1. Who is leading the project?

The Project is being led by Nikki Richards, Director of Support Services for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Kev Eaves, who is seconded into the Central Programme Office from West Midlands Fire Service, is managing the Project.

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.

In relation to this project, the review found that there is no sector endorsed guidance to assess risk and develop risk management plans, and that the existing FSEC guidance was out of date and rarely used. The result of which has led to variations in CRMPs* nationally.

4. What is the project trying to achieve?

Project vision:

“To develop robust and evidence-based digital guidance that supports a consistent approach to the CRMP process, whilst ensuring it is flexible and can be adopted by any UK FRS.”

5. What are the envisaged benefits of the project for the UK FRS?

  • Assurance that decision making at a local level is informed by strong evidence-based and research led digital guidance which is aligned to a national definition and conceptualisation of risk.
  • Standardisation of the guidance used by UK FRSs to inform their CRMP processes.
  • Promotes the use of consistent terminology within CRMP processes.
  • Promotes consistency in risk management planning communication.
  • Enhanced inter-connectivity between UK FRSs to support consultation and engagement regarding the application of guidance.
  • Assist UK FRSs with identifying the value of the services they provide across protection, prevention and response functions using evidence based and supported guidance.

6. Are there any dependencies with other CRP projects?

The products of all the other CRP projects will feed directly into this project.

7. What is the project scope?

Phase One - Review existing guidance / literature related to CRMP to signpost good practice and, where applicable, make the methodology used and the results of the review available.

Phase Two - Based on the phase one findings create suitable guidance in a digital format to support the development of CRMPs, using subject matter experts both internally and externally to help fill the gaps in current data, information and knowledge. The guidance will seek to ensure that all relevant aspects of CRMP guidance requirements are included.

8. How will the guidance be developed?

The project team will commission guidance to be developed based on the findings of the phase one review. This will involve liaising with and consulting with a range of stakeholders, such as:

  • NFCC committees – Prevention, Protection, Operations, People
  • UK FRS
  • Fire Standards Board
  • Subject Matter Experts – such as academics from the Nottingham Trent University
  • CRP Technical Working Group – made up of UK FRS risk practitioners

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 Strategic Engagement Forum. The Programme Executive also meets quarterly with our formal stakeholders at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, the Fire Services Management Committee, the Home Office and the Fire Brigades Union.   

9. What will the products look like?

The guidance will be presented digitally and support the overall content of the CRP digital toolkit. The digital nature of the guidance will ensure that it can be updated more easily to reflect changing risk as and when new good practice comes to light.

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

Each piece of standardised guidance will start to be created from summer 2020. This will involve a robust consultation process with key stakeholders such as the Fire Standards Board and CRP Programme Board.

Indicative timeline:

  • Phase 1: Existing guidance & literature review - spring 2020.
  • Phase 2: Production of standardised digital guidance – summer 2020 onwards
  • Phase 3: Implementation as business as usual.

11. How 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.