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					NORTH WEST FIRE AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT BOARD STRATEGIC PLAN
FOR 2004/2005 AS AT 1 SEPTEMBER 2004

The Strategic Plan is based on the Vision Statement - to make the communities, resources and
environment of the North West Region safer via optimum collaboration and operation of the Regions Fire
and Rescue Services, whilst maintaining what is best done locally.

        TARGET                      WHO IS RESPONSIBLE                      OBJECTIVE
To identify areas for NWF&RMB                                4      To provide a strong, authoritative
involvement and make Clerk to NW&RMB and CFOs                       voice for the region on Fire Service
relevant press statements/                                          matters, where appropriate.
responses to consultation
documents by 01.04.2004

To have prioritised the       NWF&RMB                       1      To       contribute     to    making
collaborative areas by                                              communities across the North West
01.05.2004                                                          safer from fire and other emergencies
                                                                    and to promote the achievement of
                                                                    value for money through the
                                                                    development of greater collaboration
                                                                    particularly in relation to the areas
                                                                    identified in the White Paper and
                                                                    National Framework Document
                                                                    whilst maintaining what we do best
                                                                    locally. The main collaborative areas
                                                                    being:
                                                                            Control
                                                                            Procurement
                                                                            Resilience
                                                                            HR and IPDS
                                                                            Training Delivery
                                                                            *Specialist/Common
                                                                             Services:

                                                                                   Fire Investigation
                                                                                   Rope Rescue
                                                                                   Legal Services

To have in place an           NWF&RMB 
agreed project
methodology by
01.05.2004

To have in place project      Lead Authority/Lead Member/
plans by 01.07.2004           Lead Officer
                              (See Appendix 1)




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        TARGET                      WHO IS RESPONSIBLE                   OBJECTIVE
To have produced              Lead Authority/Lead Officer    1    To       contribute     to    making
medium term financial         (See Appendix '1')                  communities across the North West
plans and capital plans by                                        safer from fire and other emergencies
01.04.2005                                                        and to promote the achievement of
                                                                  value for money through the
                                                                  development of greater collaboration
                                                                  particularly in relation to the areas
                                                                  identified in the White Paper and
                                                                  National Framework Document
                                                                  whilst maintaining what we do best
                                                                  locally. The main collaborative areas
                                                                  being:
                                                                          Control
                                                                          Procurement
                                                                          Resilience
                                                                          HR and IPDS
                                                                          Training Delivery
                                                                          *Specialist/Common
                                                                           Services :

                                                                                 Fire Investigation
                                                                                 Rope Rescue
                                                                                 Legal Services

To identify by 01.04.2005 ACO'Brien (Lancashire)             2    To ensure where appropriate
areas of compatibility and                                        compatibility, between the regional
incompatibility between                                           aspects of the Integrated Risk
the IRMPS of the North                                            Management Plans of individual
West Fire Services                                                North West Fire Authorities.

To identify by 01.04.2005 Chair of Regional Control
where IRMPs will impact Project Board
on a move to a Regional CFO McGuirk (Cheshire)
Control


To identify by 01.04.2005     CFOs of North West Fire and 3       To ensure where appropriate
areas of compatibility and    Rescue Services (potential for      compatibility between the strategic
incompatibility between       using the relevant North West       and service plans of the North West
the strategic plans of the    CFOA Committees)                    Fire and Rescue Services, thereby
North West Fire Service                                           achieving overall strategic direction
                                                                  and standards for the Region


To have in place by           CFOs of the North West Fire 5       To disseminate good practice in
01.04.2005 methods of         Services (potential for using the   conjunction with the North West
identifying and               NW CFOA Committee)                  Region CFOA.
disseminating good            (CFO Holland is currently
practice                      Chair of NW CFOA)
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        TARGET                      WHO IS RESPONSIBLE                    OBJECTIVE

To have in place formal NWF&RMB                            6       To develop and maintain effective
liaison arrangements by                                            liaison       arrangements         with
01.04.2005                                                         appropriate bodies and organisations
                                                                   at regional, national and international
                                                                   level to ensure optimum levels of
                                                                   collaboration are achieved to assist
                                                                   the Board in meeting in meeting its
                                                                   objectives these being:

                                                                  NW Regional Development Agency
                                                                   (observer attending meetings)

                                                                  NW Regional Assembly (in addition
                                                                   to the Concordat agreed with the
                                                                   unofficial NWRFA)

                                                                  Government Office NW

                                                                  Strategic Health Authorities

                                                                  NW CFOA Branch

                                                                  ODPM    Business         Development
                                                                   Manager

                                                                  North West Employers (part of
                                                                   Concordat agreed with unofficial
                                                                   NWRFA


To meet the Government        CFOs of NW Fire and Rescue   7       To identify ways in which the North
Targets across the NW         Services (potential for              West Fire and Rescue Services can
Fire and Rescue Services      involvement of relevant NW           work together to meet Government
by 01.04.2005                 CFOA Committee)                      targets ie:

                                                                  Reduction in fire deaths
                                                                  Reduction in deliberate fires
                                                                  Reduction in incidents of building
                                                                   fires
                                                                  Recruitment of under-represented
                                                                   groups
                                                                  Reduction in sickness absence
                                                                  Reduction in ill health retirements
                                                                  E-enabling of relevant services by
                                                                   December 2005

                                                               See Appendix 2

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        TARGET                      WHO IS RESPONSIBLE                   OBJECTIVE
To have identified            CFOs                           10   To ensure that, where appropriate,
potential joint BV                                                joint Best Value Reviews are carried
Review areas by                                                   out (this will be influenced by CPA
01.04.2005                                                        for the Fire and Rescue Services)


To identify potential         Chief Fire Officers of the five 1   To       contribute     to    making
savings for NW Fire           North West Fire Services            communities across the North West
Authorities through the                                           safer from fire and other emergencies
collaborative areas by                                            and to promote the achievement of
01.08.2005.                                                       value for money through the
                                                                  development of greater collaboration
                                                                  particularly in relation to the areas
                                                                  identified in the White Paper and
                                                                  National Framework Document
                                                                  whilst maintaining what we do best
                                                                  locally. The main collaborative areas
                                                                  being:
                                                                          Control
                                                                          Procurement
                                                                          Resilience
                                                                          HR and IPDS
                                                                          Training Delivery
                                                                          *Specialist/Common
                                                                           Services:

                                                                                 Fire Investigation
                                                                                 Rope Rescue
                                                                                 Legal Services


To identify by 01.08.2005 Management Board Members   8            To promote the contribution which
the relevant Shared       CFOs and Corporate Support              Fire and Rescue Services can make
Priorities, Government    Officer                                 the to the Government and LGA
Targets and ways in                                               Shared Priorities and PSA Targets of
which work of                                                     Government Departments
NWF&RMB can                                                       (particularly in relation to Social
contribute to these                                               Capital, Regional, Environmental
                                                                  Protection)


To have in place by           Treasurer to Management        9    To keep abreast of developments and
01.08.2005 system for the     Board or nominated Lead             external funding arrangements which
identification of potential   Authority                           might assist the Management Board
sources of funding                                                and North West Fire Authority and
available to NW Fire and                                          Fire and Rescue Service meet
Rescue Services                                                   objectives


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APPENDIX 1

              AREA                  LEAD FIRE AUTHORITY          LEAD OFFICER                      LEAD MEMBER

Procurement                         Greater Manchester    Barry Dixon                        Bob Wilkinson

Resilience                          Greater Manchester    Kieran Nolan                       Tony Hooton

Control                             Cheshire              Steve McGuirk/Andy Norton          Tony Hooton

Training Delivery                   Merseyside            Tony McGuirk                       Fred Walker
HR/IPDS                             Lancashire            HR – Bob Warren                    Tony Newton
                                                          IPDS – Chris Kenny
Specialist/Common Functions         Lancashire                                               TBI
       Fire Investigation                                Fire Investigation -Pete O'Brien
       Rope Rescue                                       Rope Rescue -Pete O'Brien
       Legal Services                                    Legal Services - Bob Warren


TBI = To be identified




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APPENDIX 2

To reduce the number of accidental fire-related deaths in the home by 20% averaged over the 11 year
period to 2010 compared with the average recorded in the five year period to 1999 – with no local
authority fire brigade having a fatality rate more than 1.24 times the national average by 2010.

To reduce by 10% the number of deliberate fires by March 2010 from the 2001/02 baseline.

To increase the percentage of women amongst uniformed operational staff to 15% by 2009.

To increase the percentage of minority ethnic representation within the fire service to 7% by 2009.

To reduce the number of building fires in England and Wales by 3% by March 2006.

To reduce sickness absence and sustain improvement thereafter, by 2005 to a level consistent with, or
better than those presently achieved by the best quartile of employees – an average of 6.5 shifts for
firefighters and 5.4 shifts for control staff.

To operate so that level of ill health retirement are reduced by 2005, and are consistent with, or better than
the best quartile of 6.9 retirements per 1,000 employees for the Fire Service.

100% e-enablement of relevant services by December 2005.




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