Appraisal Report on the QA Systems Related to Quality Enhancements– Cheshire Fire and Rescue ServiceThis report asses the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s current Quality Assurance System and make proposals for Quality enhancesment so that industry best practices can be delievered to the stake holders in an efficient way. The report assess the gaps and suitability of current QA measures and make proposals for effective methods to respond to challenges faced by the sector. It also assess how internal staff development aspects are handled currently and how to include goals for internal development into the implementation plans.
The report is focusing on prevention and protection elements of the fire and rescue services. The accountability of individual Fire & Rescue Service Units have dramatically changed and increased with the implementation of Fire and Rescue National Framework (FRNF) coming into effect under the new Fire and Rescue Act UK 2004. With fire and rescue incidents in the increase, UK needs to have its individual FRS’s gear up to face risks efficient. Cheshire FRS too needs to comply with the FRNF stipulations that each FRS needs to plan and formulate their annual Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).
Cheshire FRS can use its IRMP to planrisk mitigation and resource supply. This will help the FRS to plan whether the existing resources have to be adjusted according to various risk levels of households, special risk locations and urban areas. Cheshire FRS will also have to consider collaborations with other authorities and local bodies such as police, traffic police and urban council planning divisions etc to reduce risks, assess risks and respond to risks effectively.
The IRMP should also be used as a tool to guide capacity building through purchase of new equipments and also recruitment of more staff (Fire & Rescue National Framework 2012). Goals to be Set through Cheshire IRMWith the new responsibilities laid out on the FRS, Cheshire FRS can include the following goals in its annual IRMP focusing on interventions to manage fire risks as well as to build capacities to manage and mitigate fire risks in the Cheshire area. Risk assessment - Identifying high risk vs. low risk Business vs.
individual householdsChildren and schools National level catastrophesRisk mitigation plans – Setting response time targets for each fire scenariosResource management - Resource assessment Resource upgrade Manpower – recruitment/internal developmentResource collaboration and pooling with other local agencies. Cheshire FRS should implement its IRMP goals with supportive tactical actions as outlines above. When allocating resources, it should be done in view of highest risk areas such as the over 65 age demographics. Collaborating with other authorities such as the NHS will help identify various demographic profile groups at high risk, with debilitating illnesses etc.
that makes fast rescue crucial. Proposals for Intervention and Mitigation Cheshire FRS has already implemented a number of Quality Assurance programs in terms of its intervention and mitigation process to ensure best service and protection to its community. In order to achieve the set objectives and goals in the IRMP, it is proposed that the following measures are implemented targeting various aspects of Fire and Rescue Management Process.