Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) strives to deliver an efficient service to all members of the community both responsively and preventatively. Working closely with our emergency services colleagues on the frontline or in a supporting role, we are invested in delivering change for a safer Northamptonshire for all.
The Fire and Rescue Service are in the midst of a challenging reform and change agenda and, whilst there is no shortage of opinion or direction on what needs to be done, it is important that we consider and agree how it will be done, just as our individual values determine our own behaviour. The acceptance and adoption of organisational values should improve the quality of our service to the public and the way we work together. When asked, people in the Fire Service felt that honesty, integrity, trust, teamwork, service and respect were still important and relevant in today’s service. Our values have been born from these feelings and can be seen below (also available in digital format Our Vision (PDF format 118KB)).
The vision of NFRS is Making Northamptonshire Safer.
Each year the service undertakes a strategic review, analysing current national and regional guidance, influences, performance and expectations, together with access to resources and progress made to date in modernising and improving the service. The purpose of these reviews is to focus work on organisational direction and community safety outcomes, ensuring the services aims, objectives and priorities to support the vision. To achieve our vision the service has identified two strategic aims, supported by three key objectives for the period 2019 to 2022.
The strategic aims of the service are underpinned by three key objectives:
In support of each objective, the service has identified priorities to deliver these objectives:
Keeping our communities safe and well
Keeping our staff safe and well
Making the best use of our resources
The adoption of our IRMP allows the service to organise and prioritise using the available resources and budgets, making collaboration with other fire and rescue services and other key partners more viable.
As part of our statutory duty, we regularly produce an IRMP. This considers the foreseeable risks within the county and outlines how we plan to mitigate these through our resources.
This year, we have produced a new draft IRMP, our first under our new governance arrangements, as Stephen Mold; Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) took responsibility for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) on 01 January 2019.
We consulted on the draft IRMP as part of a wider consultation around the future of Fire and Police priorities in the county. This consultation was led by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) during February 2019 and you can find details of the response received within the Consultation Summary report below.
Following due consideration of responses received, the final draft of the IRMP was approved by the new Fire Authority (PFCC) and became live on 01 April 2019.
Please follow the links below to see the detail of this IRMP and associated documents.
Previous years’ plans
Our previous IRMP was produced and consulted on back in 2016-17; you can find below a copy of the summary report following consultation and individual action plans for year 1 and 2 of the IRMP period:
Previous IRMPs are available upon request. Please contact us and a member of the team will respond to you.
My Personal Commitment – Chief Fire Officer, Darren Dovey
“At Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service we are committed to ensuring that inclusion and diversity is at our core, both in terms of how we treat our staff and in relation to the services we provide. Under the banner of ‘Inclusion’, equality and diversity is part of our Service Values. Over the last 10 years much has been done to ensure that we meet both our legislative and moral responsibilities in this area. This includes ensuring that we create a working environment where all staff feel they have the opportunity to contribute and prosper. It also means utilising all of the information available to us in order to target our prevention work based on risk and vulnerability within our communities. However, more needs to be done and therefore a key area of focus for us in the coming years will be to attract applications from a more diverse range of backgrounds for roles within the Service, whether this be in front line firefighter posts, or other roles that help to keep communities safer, which in turn helps us deliver a better service to them. Therefore equality and diversity will continue to be a critical golden thread that runs though all aspects of our Service.”
What do we mean by diversity?
Diversity helps create the strongest team possible for our service and helps us connect more easily with everyone in the communities we serve. Simply put, it makes us more effective and efficient. We continually develop our relationships with partner groups, so we are able to “hear” those whose voice might be quieter. This is everyone’s responsibility and we work hard to make sure that every contact counts and every opportunity is taken to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. This is essential if we are to deliver a service that is fair, honest and just, as perceived by the diverse community we seek to serve, and all members of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).
What do we mean by culture?
Our strategy is further demonstration of our commitment to listen to our staff and assist them in challenging discriminatory ideas and behaviour. We must all work towards being tolerant and patient whilst developing a listening culture based on respect and mutual trust. We need to ensure the further development of co-operation and creativity and positively encourage innovation which can be acted upon for the greater good.
What does this mean for us?
Every member of NFRS, whatever their role, has a responsibility to implement this approach. We also have a responsibility to uphold our values and the principles upon which these are founded, which means that we equally must be prepared to challenge language, behaviour and attitude that falls short of them and ensure that we are inclusive in all that we do. A report on equality and diversity of staff within NFRS is presented below:
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