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Introduction







Welcome to our Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) Supplement savings of this magnitude without having an impact on ire stations and 


for 2015/17. This supplement outlines what we have done to minimise ire appliances is no longer possible, despite continued cuts to “back 


the impact of the cuts on the people of Merseyside and explains how ofice” and support services, which includes the staff working to protect 

we have continued to keep the safety of the public and the effectiveness people in their own homes.


of ireighters as our priority.

In previous IRMPs we have introduced the concept of a single 


Fire and Rescue Authorities are required to produce a medium-term Merseyside-wide 10-minute response standard (although the actual 

plan that sets out the ways in which it will deal with local risks and average response time is almost half that, from April 2013 to March 


challenges. We published our current three-year IRMP in June 2013 and 2014, at 5 minutes 13 seconds, giving Merseyside one of the fastest 

we are using this document to update our stakeholders on the progress response times in the country).


we have made against our objectives for 2013/14 and how we intend to 

deal with any future challenges.
Recent cuts have seen the Authority having to incrementally reduce the 


number of ire appliances from 42 to 28 over the period and we are, at 

On top of £19.2 million of cuts to our budget between 2011/12 and the time of writing, consulting on proposals to close pairs of outdated 


2014/15, we are required to make a further £6.3 million of savings by stations and, where possible, replace them with one new community 

2016/17, with more cuts expected in 2020. This presents the Authority ire station in a more central location. Feedback so far suggests that the 


with signiicant challenges as it seeks to minimise the impact of these public, businesses and partner organisations understand our reasons 

cuts on the levels of service it provides to the public.
for doing this and are supportive; recognising that we would not be 


making many of these changes if we were not compelled to do so.

Merseyside has seen signiicant reductions in the total number of 


incidents over the last decade meaning that the demand for our More hard decisions will no doubt follow if the Government continues 

emergency response has fallen. This is largely due to the success of to cut public spending. So far, we have managed to maintain a very fast 


our ire prevention and protection services (such as Home Fire Safety response and by targeting our prevention activity and working smarter, 

Checks) particularly focused on those people most at risk of suffering we are still having a real impact on the safety of Merseyside.


a ire. These interventions require signiicant resources. All of our 

ireighters and many non-operational frontline staff carry out these You can be assured that despite signiicant challenges we will continue 


services every day. We have also invested heavily to ensure the safety to provide the best possible service to the public of Merseyside.


and effectiveness of our staff, ensuring that they undertake high quality 

training and are provided with the best equipment to do the job. Despite Chief Fire Oficer Dan Stephens,


the reduction in incident volumes, inding the savings isn’t easy. To make
Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Dave Hanratty.







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