The paper “ Quality and Standards in Lincolnshire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services” is a thrilling example of the case study on management. In England, there are 46 fire and rescue services of which 15 fire services are provided by county councils while the rest fall under statutory bodies called metropolitan fire services. The main role of fire service is to respond to emergencies, major incidents such as 2007 floods, and large-scale fires. According to the 2008 Audit commission report, the number of firefighter deaths was the highest reported so far since 1957 after four firefighters died in one single fire incident in a factory in 2007.
Other than confronting fires and other emergencies head-on, Fire authorities are obligated to work with communities in the prevention of fires and risk reduction. Based on current statistics the scale of fire incidents has reduced substantially by over 20% in the past five years (Audit Commission 2009). National Modernization of Fire serviceThere has been a massive shift in roles for fire and rescue service as a result of the government’ s initiative towards modernization. This was drawn from the 2003 White paper aimed at creating changes in risk assessment by advocating for community safety.
The changes assume both local and central issues following firefighter fatalities. The government initiative is widely applauded following the 2008 Audit Commission report, which revealed that the majority of fire services incorporated modernization strategies in their portfolio over the past five years with greater emphasis is placed on risk identification and fire prevention (Audit Commission 2008). Borrowing from Murphy’ s Law, the occurrence of events that leads to failure of a project may be beyond the organization's management scope, however, the events that posed risks can be averted with the proper management response.
This law advocates for dealing with problems through proper actions that maintain control of situations than a reaction to occurrences (PMBOK Guide 2000). Thus national policies have been projected to modernize fire services, through fire prevention and risk identification.
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