Community Risk Programme







The Community Risk Programme 

Our vision

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

The Community Risk Programme (CRP) 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 fire and rescue services (FRSs) and subject matter experts to deliver a national definition of risk and a set of standardised tools and guidance to support the community risk management process. This will assist FRSs in focusing resources on activities where they will have the greatest impact, on reducing and mitigating risk and vulnerability within their communities.

What we will do

We will produce a set of standardised tools for FRSs, enabling consistent identification, assessment and mitigation strategies for community risks.  The toolkit will be digitised and will be accessible and applicable by all UK FRSs. 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 products to their stakeholders and the communities they serve.

The programme acknowledges that it cannot single-handedly deliver the intended benefits and is committed to working with UK FRSs, key sector stakeholders and subject matter experts to deliver its work. 

Having a consistent and standardised approach to community risk management planning (CRMP) across the UK, will assist in transparent and justifiable decision-making and help services identify collaborative opportunities with partner organisations more easily.

The programme plans to baseline available FRS data 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.

The CRP will be critical to assisting NFCC in achieving its first strategic commitment to reduce community risk and vulnerability.

CRP Infographic Interactive Feb 2021 Page 1

Click here to view our interactive Programme infographic.

Who is working on programme?

Programme Executive: Phil Loach, NFCC Vice-Chair and Chief Fire Officer of West Midlands Fire Service. 

Board members:

Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Ann Millington, Chief Fire Officer, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Ross Haggart, Deputy Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Neil Odin, Chief Fire Officer, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Gavin Tomlinson, Chief Fire Officer, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Nick Collins, NFCC Portfolio Director, NFCC Central Portfolio Office

Paul Cohen, Interim Programme Manager, NFCC Central Portfolio Office

Who is the programme working with?

The programme provides regular updates and consults with UK FRSs through specific points of contact in each service and is also committed to working with subject matter experts outside the UK FRS.

The programme also works closely with:

  • Home Office,
  • HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services,
  • Fire Services Management Committee,
  • Fire Brigades Union,
  • Fire Sector Federation,
  • Fire Standards Board.

To get involved:

We would particularly like to hear from fire and rescue colleagues involved in the development of service CRMPs and those responsible for CRMPs. You can also join our Workplace group to receive the latest CRP information and get involved in discussions. 

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