Essays on Managing Resources Assignment

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(16, 05, 2009)Table of ContentsIntroduction. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .Policy Strategy and Planning. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ... Strategic Management. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .Finance. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Operations. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Performance – Fire Safety. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ... Vehicle Maintenance. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ... Human Resources. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Recommendations. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ... Conclusion. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ..Cornwall County Fire BrigadeIntroductionCornwall County Fire Brigade is the legal fire and rescue service for the area of Cornwall in England. As of August 2008, the brigade employed 428 retained fire fighters, 201 fulltime fire fighters and more than 120 support and managerial employees. It was following the 1947 Fire Services Act that Cornwall County Fire Brigade was formed in 1948. There are just three fire services that have the term “Fire Brigade” in their name, and one of them is Cornwall County Fire Brigade. The brigade has three sections; those are Eastern, Central and Western.

The divisions have been due to organisational reasons. The administrator of the brigade is Cornwall Council, headquartered in Truro. The Chief Fire Officer is the responsible leader of Cornwall County Fire Brigade. The service plays a major part in community life in Cornwall. It is responsible for raising the standards of the life of the people and to lessen the inequity that exists in the area it serves. Policy, Strategy and PlanningThe Brigade has an appropriately built twelve monthly approach to business scheduling and it is backed up by target setting and supervising of the performance.

However, the Fire Authority does not as yet have a tactical agenda for directing the procedure. The Cornwall County Council faces problematic situations in offering each of its services in a huge but thinly populated state. In this case it is crucial for the Fire Authority to become capable of providing an apparent focal point for the Fire Brigade against which there can be the establishment of the strategies and a monitoring of the performance. Strategic ManagementAlthough there is no general strategic plan, the Brigade’s management does assume a strategic style for tackling with new operations, whether it stems from state directions or the proposals by the County Council.

There is a requirement of reinforcing that responsive approach for the provision of full contemplation over the situation of the Brigade regarding its overall organisation duties across the whole range of its operations. It is vital to involve the associates of the Fire Authority in tactical planning, in terms of guaranteeing Best Value and for informing the budget setting procedure.

In addition this would turn out to be of a lot of help to the administration of the Brigade for the determination of main concerns. The administration procedure of the Brigade’s yearly business agenda recognises the goals, distributes duties and monitors progress against the objectives. This permits reflection of success by the Brigade Strategy Team and the capability of monitoring activity levels from a general view. Nevertheless, this encouraging style is adversely affected by the lack of a completely incorporated management information capacity, as a result of the extremely restricted information systems capability of the Brigade. The Brigade has carried out investment of a significant quantity of time as well as endeavour for the development of a Brigade Information System (BIS), which establishes its strategies and processes.

Such a wide ranging mechanism attains its plan target by offering information in easily usable manner with the main part provided at the initial section of the document which is then followed by completely explained data.

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