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Integrated Risk Management Planning

On the 2nd April 2003 the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) issued Fire Service Circular 7/2003. The Circular informed all fire & rescue authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that Integrated Risk Management Planning was a key element in the Government's programme of reform and modernisation for the fire & rescue service. As such each authority would be required to produce an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for their brigade area.

On the 3rd April 2003 the Scottish Executive issued Scottish Fire Service Circular 4/2003 outlining proposals to introduce a similar system of Integrated Risk Management Planning in Scotland.

The ODPM has stated that a modern and effective fire & rescue service should serve all sections of society fairly and equitably. It has further stated that it does not believe that this can be done on the basis of the 1985 Standards of Fire Cover, which it saw as a prescriptive and formulaic national approach to providing fire cover. …

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