@2010Lancashire fire and rescue serviceIntroduction Lancashire fire and rescue service has been in operation for the last 50 years serving the people of Lancashire and assisting in making the community of Lancashire safe. From responding to fires to carrying out school visits and giving fire safety tips in homes, the service has succeeded due to its hard work in its operations, control and support of its staff. The service has succeeded in reducing deaths and injuries resulting from accidental dwelling by half starting from the year 2003/2004. Deliberate fires have also reduced by almost 30% while in 2007/08 the service recorded the lowest ever casualty figures and the trend of reduction have continued.
The best way to safe guard life is to avert a fire from happening in the first instance and the emphasis of the fire and rescue service in fire prevention (CFO, 2009). In the past one year, the service has carried out almost 40,000 Home Fire safety Checks which is a free service whereby the crew members visits homes and provides advice on fire safety as well as installing a free smoke alarm where it is found necessary.
As a management strategy, the service works closely with the police, local authorities and the local NHS Trusts to carry out its mandates in the most effective method. This includes being a rescue partner for the Princes Trust Program in Lancashire to employ and empower the local youth. Every year the service visits almost 50,000 Year 2 and Year 6 students as part of its widespread Child safe fire safety educational procedures. Management in the serviceLancashire fire and rescue service is managed by several managers who have different roles and responsibilities in the service.
The service is headed by the chief fire officer (CFO, 2009). Chief fire officer Chief fire officer is responsible for the daily command of the fire service in all sectors. Ultimately, however major policies and procedures have to be approved and passed by the fire authority which receives all the CFO reports. The Fire Authority is a committee of locally appointed councilors. The committee’s major responsibility is to ascertain that the fire service is managed properly and responsibly.
In other words the Chief Officer is directly answerable to individuals who represent the needs and requirements of the general public. The combined mandate for CFOs on policy, planning and strategy in the UK is CFOA (Chief Fire Officer Association) initially known as CACFOA, that is, Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association). The chief fire officer is responsible for the co-ordination, development, monitoring and review of road safety activity carried out to minimize the incidences and related impact upon the communities of those who get killed or injured on Lancashire’s roads (Owens, 2004). The Chief fire officer is expected to have an excellent knowledge of the existing road safety working practices and structures within the partner agencies and be capable of contributing towards developing the delivery of services in the organization.
The officer must be able to formulate a broad range of procedures, practices, programs and any initiative in an effort to enhance road safety. The officer should be experienced in developing and evaluating development projects in the service which calls for expertise in the area. The officer who exhibits a good understanding of road safety matters and appropriate incident reduction measures is expected to have the necessary skills in information and technology which should enable him or her in working independently and make appropriate decisions in the service.
It is the responsibility of the chief fire service to attend every meeting that concerns safety in Lancashire in order to remain updated on any unfolding issue or any development in the sector (Owens, 2004).