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Improvements during 2004-055Improvements during 2005-065Improvements during 2006-076Improvements during 2007-086Improvements during 2008-096Conclusion6References81. INTRODUCTION: In 2003, Government of U. K. introduced and enforced the mandatory production of Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP's) on all Fire and Rescue Authorities. These plans are aimed to develop & declare how the most effective use can be made of the limited resources, for decreasing the risk caused by fire or some other tragedies. The approach encouraged by IRMP’s is to embrace locally identified needs for safety and rescue, unlike being governed by national prescription previously. The Shropshire Fire and Rescue Authority, adapted this approach in 2004, and are working continuously to reduce, as much as possible, the suffering and melancholy, in their communities.

This has marked a significant move in importance, from response to prevention. The paper will initially make a critical assessment of the validity and benefits of Integrated Risk Management Plan. The assessment will be in relation with the Fire and Rescue, HSG 65 framework for managing health and safety, and will be done in the domains of policy, organising, planning and implementing, measuring and reviewing performance and auditing.

The critical assessment of appropriateness of the existing output measures against the fire and rescue service national framework document 2008 – 2011, will also be done. For the purpose of evaluating actions for quality enhancement of the services, the improvements from the year 2004 till 2009 will be independently discussed for evaluating the progress and improvements made by the authority. 2. VALIDITY AND BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED RISK MANAGEMENT PLANIn this section, the validity and benefits of the Fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will be critically assessed against Fire and Rescue, HSG 65 framework for managing health and safety.

Policy: In Shropshire Fire and Rescue Authority, since the introduction of Integrated Risk Management Planning in 2004, the idea of countywide risk management has been avidly practiced. The foundation of their policy is a complete and detailed review of risk, faced by the people of county, and the application of risk reduction methods accordingly(Action plans, 2009). Valuing the lives of people is their primary consideration. Being affiliated with National Framework, it devotedly follows the legal requirements provided by it.

In order to access the progress of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, the evaluation of its existing policy and its implementation is very important. The driving policy of the department is working extensively to continue its vision and ambitions. This effort from part of the Authority has succeeded to demonstrate enduring benefits to the communities, which they serve. Each year, a tri-annual Strategy is reviewed. This strategy is developed by bringing in record all the changes brought by the local, regional and national agencies, e.g. , Local Area Agreements, National Framework documents, etc.

OrganisingThe Shropshire Fire Authority organises an appropriate hierarchical structure, to set up and sustain the organization and control of health and safety in the organization. The Assistant Chief Fire Officer heads the Performance Improvement Directorate formed by three teams, working collaboratively to fulfil their functions.

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