Plans for future of the fire service published

Published: 05 Nov 2018

A bold vision for the future of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been published by the county council ahead of a public consultation.

The draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) sets out what resources the fire and rescue service needs, and where they need to be to comprehensively deal with risks across the county now and in the future.

The draft IRMP makes some key proposals to get the fire and rescue service ready for the future. These include:

• Investing more in firefighter training
• Investing in preventing fires and making sure buildings are safe
• Trialling the use of new firefighting vehicles alongside traditional fire engines
• Making changes to crewing and shift patterns
• Making better use of on-call firefighters

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Our fire and rescue service needs to evolve to face the challenges of the 21st century and this plan sets out how we think that should happen.

“The fire and rescue service have produced this plan after looking at what kind of incidents they are called to, where they are and when they happen, as well as looking at what the challenges and opportunities will be over the next 30 years. We need to make sure that we have the right equipment, in the right places, crewed by the right people with the right training, not just to deal with today’s challenges but tomorrow’s too.”

“We’ll be consulting staff, the public and key stakeholders about the draft plan over the next few months and I’d encourage people to let us know their thoughts before we make a decision on whether to go ahead with these proposals.”

The plan reaffirms Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to close collaboration with other emergency services, particularly with Hertfordshire Constabulary, following the agreement signed by the county council and Police and Crime Commissioner earlier this year.

The draft plan is online at
The draft IRMP will be discussed by the county council’s Community Safety and Waste Management Panel on 9 November and by the Cabinet on 26 November. Councillors are set to agree a 12 week public consultation on the plan, starting on 4 December 2018 and ending on 28 February 2019.