2019-21 Supplemental Proposals

Thank you for taking the time to take part in our consultation on the draft Supplement to our Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2017-20 and considering the alternative proposals contained within it, which if approved would extend the current plan to 2021, aligning it to our medium term financial plans.

When reviewing the plan we ask that you give particular regard to the alternative and new proposals contained within the supplement, as it is these options that we are consulting on as an alternative to those approved back in 2016/17 when the current plan was approved.

A number of proposals contained within the original plan are not identified for change; as such they will still be delivered as planned.

Thank you once again for reviewing our plan. We hope that you find the current IRMP and supplement easy to understand and informative.

The more informed we are by your views, the more able we are to meet your aspirations and deliver positive outcomes for the communities of Merseyside. With that in mind I hope that you will fully participate in the formal consultation process by completing the survey.

Alternatively, you can take part in the consultation by emailing consultation2@merseyfire.gov.uk

Or writing to the IRMP Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Bridle Rd, Bootle, Liverpool L30 4YD

The deadline for responses to this consultation is 6th June 2019.


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* 1. Original 2017-20 IRMP Proposals

During the day (0830-2030) we will continue to have 24 appliances immediately available to be deployed to incidents & two appliances that can be mobilised within 30 mins.
 
Overnight (2030-0830) this number will reduce to 18 immediately available fire engines with a further 8 available on a maximum 30 minute delay. 
 
These additional fires engines will be available through the use of secondary wholetime retained contracts for firefighters.

Alternative 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposals

During the day we will have 27 immediately available fire appliances (including a Search & Rescue appliance) with a further 3 available within 30 minutes (for resilience purposes).

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21 immediately available fire appliances (including a Search & Rescue appliance) during the night with a further 9 available within 30 minutes (for resilience purposes).

To achieve this we intend to increase the number of fire fighters employed by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority from 620 to 642.

To achieve this we intend to recruit up to 60 new firefighters each year during the life of the plan to maintain the 642 figure.

This proposal also includes a commitment to maintain fire engines with five firefighters on at key locations (including those where five firefighters are required to operate our National Resilience assets) with other locations operating with four firefighters per fire engine.

We propose to increase the number of available fire engines by the introduction of a ‘Hybrid’ duty system at three locations; Liverpool City, Wallasey and St. Helens,  this system combines elements of Days, Nights and Retained duties whilst also maintaining immediate cover with at least one 24/7 fire engine.

Which proposal would you prefer the Authority to adopt?

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* 2. New - 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposal

We will continue to explore opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Service, including whether the current locations of our fire stations and other buildings allow us to provide the best services and whether there is any scope for further station mergers.

Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

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* 3. New - 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposal

We will explore the feasibility of introducing a drone capability which would be provided on a retained basis by crews operating from a hybrid station.

Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

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* 4. New - 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposal

We will explore the use of technology to support the mobilisation of resources to all operational incidents types, using mobile phone capabilities (data/technology) to better inform the mobilisation and dispatch of fire engines and specialist vehicles – e.g. 999Eye (as used by West Midlands FRS).

Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

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* 5. New - 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposal

In light of findings from the 2018 fire and rescue service inspection process we intend to consider how best to enhance the information we hold about risks in neighbouring fire and rescue services to assist us when we respond to over the border incidents.

Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

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* 6. New - 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposal

In light of findings from the 2018 fire and rescue service inspection process we intend to consider how best to enhance cross border training with neighbouring fire and rescue services to assist us when we respond to over the border incidents.

Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

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* 7. New - 2019-21 IRMP Supplement Proposal

We will increase the number of staff in our Protection team to carry out legislative fire safety work.
 
We also plan to introduce a non-uniformed role of Fire Engineer to provide technical expertise that will assist us provide expert advice to building owners and developers.

Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

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* 8. If you have any other comments to make about the proposals in our IRMP supplement, please do so here

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