Community Risk Programme

What is the Community Risk Programme? 

Our vision: 

"To be the evidence based digital toolkit for assessing UK fire & rescue service related risk and vulnerability to improve the safety, health, well-being and economic prosperity of communities." 

The programme is governed by NFCC's Steering Group, taking the role of a Strategic Portfolio Board. The Steering Group meets quarterly and makes all decisions in relation to the strategic direction of the portfolio.

Our commitment:

"NFCC will work with FRSs to ensure that risk assessments align to a national definition of risk, supporting the development of risk assessment methodologies which allow a consistent risk-based approach to risk management planning, enabling FRSs to focus its resources on activities where they will have the greatest impact on reducing risk and vulnerability within their communities. This will meet the NFCC’s strategic objective to assess community risk."

What we will do:

"We will produce a set of standardised tools for fire and rescue services, enabling consistent identification, assessment and mitigation strategies for community risks.  Our ongoing research will be up-to-date and relevant to help manage community risk across the UK. FRSs will be able to show the value of CRP activities to their stakeholder and the communities they serve."

The Community Risk Programme will be critical to assisting NFCC in achieving its strategy commitment: Assessing Community Risk. We will deliver work to assist fire and rescue services (FRSs) in this commitment. The outcome will be a set of standardised tools for fire and rescue services that will enable consistent identification, assessment and mitigation strategies for community risks. 

The key benefits of the programme will be a standardised approach to community risk management across the UK, which will in turn lead to reductions in variability, centralisation and comparability of data and a baseline for continuous improvement.  The programme acknowledges that it cannot single-handedly deliver the intended benefits, but it will form a key part to enabling it and thus support the strategic aims of the NFCC.

 The programme plans to baseline the data available and then compare it to data at specific and on-going points in the future to help understand the impact of the programme and to demonstrably evidence its contribution.





Definition of risk 

Project Executive - Ian Hayton

AUG 2019

This project will develop from a UK FRS perspective, an explicit national definition of risk and a consistent conceptualisation of risk.  The project will also develop from a UK FRS perspective, a definition around a ‘high risk building’.  

Review existing guidance and produce new (I)RMP   Guidance (2 phases)  

Project Executive - Nikki Richards

AUG 2019

The project will commission a review of the current risk management guidance and produce and support the maintenance of an up-to-date guidance document library.  

Economic cost of fire

Project Executive - Matt King

AUG 2019

The project will update the Economic Cost of Fire Study with the most up-to-date figures. Economic analysis is able to provide key data to the Government around the financial benefits of the UKFRS.  

Data Projects SEPT 2019 

NFCC should develop a national database of existing FRS data (e.g. incident data).  Commission research into the integration of different sources of data to enhance existing FRS datasets.  Establish a quality assurance process to quality assure existing FRS data and external data sources.  

Evaluation  (methodologies)   SUMMER 2020

The Evaluation project will commission further research to establish an evidence base of evaluation methodologies to ensure that the UK FRS has a consistent, robust, valid and reliable sector intelligence model.  

Competencies for risk management planners   JAN 2020

The project will make risk management a required competency and would allow for minimum standards to be set for the expertise of risk management planners.  

Evaluation for fire interventions JAN 2021

The project will review evaluation of fire interventions to establish whether they are fit for purpose, identify good practice and it would provide the evidence upon which a national benchmarking tool could be built.  

Risk assessment methodologies and interventions   JAN 2021

The project will commission further research to establish an evidence base of valid risk management methodologies that provide consistent, transparent analysis across the UK FRS.  

To get involved:

We would particularly like to hear from people working on (I)RMPs in their services, those responsible for (I)RMPs and people working on risk. We will be setting up a number of groups which will help us to develop CRP further. You can also join our Workplace group to receive the latest information and get involved in discussions. 

To get involved and for more information, please email the Programme Team:  

 During the first phase of the programme, it will: 

  • Recognise that local service delivery will be in partnership with public, private and volunteer services to meet the needs of both local communities and achieve national benefits
  • Consider the fire and rescue service role in reducing a broad spectrum of risks, beyond fire, including those that relate to health, safety, economic well-being and social mobility
  • Recognise the economic and business impacts of fire service activity and, by safeguarding people, places and infrastructure, the contribution made by the FRS to ensuring economic growth locally and nationally
  • Provide tools that are appropriate to assess risks in the widest variety of contexts, applicable to the whole of the UK and determine the root causes of those risks
  • Identify the best ways to reduce or mitigate identified risks, including by changing the perceptions and behaviours of people and communities
  • Provide effective tools for assessing and reducing risk, that are applicable to the work of every FRS in the UK

Who is working on programme?

  • Programme Executive: Phil Loach, West Midlands Fire Service & NFCC vice chair
  • Mark Hardingham: Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service
  • Chris Lowther, Tyne & Wear Fire &  Rescue Service
  • Ann Millington: Kent fire & Rescue Service
  • Ian Hayton, Cleveland Fire & Rescue Service
  • Ross Haggart: Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
  • Neil Odin, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Susan Ellison-Bunce: Central Programme Office
  • Nick Collins: Central Programme Office
  • Vanessa Walker, Programme Manager: Central Programme Office

 CRP quarterly briefings

CRP Quarterly Briefing: Issue 01 - July 2019  CRP Quarterly Briefing: Issue 02 - October 2019  CRP Quarterly Briefing: Issue 03 - January 2020