The Fire Standards Board (FSB) is delighted to announce the launch of its sixth professional Fire Standard which compliments and builds on those already published this year.

The Community Risk Management Planning (CRMP) Fire Standard aims to bring consistency in the way fire services conduct planning and produce their local Community Risk Management Plans. These important plans outline how services identify risks in their areas, consider the community needs and then describe how they will use their staff and resources to keep their communities safe from fire and other fire service-related risks.

The Fire Standard is underpinned by the work of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Community Risk Programme which is developing a set of standardised tools and guidance to support fire and rescue services.

FSB Chair, Suzanne McCarthy said: “The Board recognises the importance of this standard which is key to addressing the risks and needs of local communities. Bringing about consistency in this area, alongside the benchmarks being set for services in other Fire Standards including Prevention, Fire Protection and Operational Response, will enable services to deliver the best service possible to the public.”

Fire Minister Lord Greenhalgh said: “I am pleased to see the launch of the Fire Standard, which will support Fire and Rescue Services by better assessing and reducing the risk of fire and other incidents in their local communities.

“I strongly encourage all services to use the standard alongside the recently launched Code of Ethics, to inform and benefit their day-to-day work protecting the public.”