CRMP Guidance Project

Community Risk Management Planning Guidance Project

The NFCC Community Risk Programme (CRP) aims to reduce community risk and vulnerability by delivering a set of national tools and guidance to improve risk management planning.  

A key product of the programme will be the development of new risk management planning literature/guidance. An independent review commissioned by the Programme, revealed the need for new sector endorsed guidance to support fire and rescue services in producing risk management plans.  This project, previously known as the (I)RMP Guidance Project, aims to deliver this guidance.

The project will be conducted in two phases. The project team will firstly conduct a review of existing risk management planning guidance; the independent review found that much of this is now mostly unused by services or is out of date. In phase two, the team will work with UK fire and rescue services to identify their requirements and compile new, relevant guidance that is fit for purpose. Community risk is always changing, and so this guidance will require regular review to be kept relevant.  

This work will support risk managers in fire and rescue services in their role and help to bring consistency to fire service risk management planning nationally. 

The programme is supported by key stakeholders from the fire sector including: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, the Fire Services Management Committee, the Home Office and the Fire Brigades Union.   

Project Board

PROJECT EXECUTIVE: NIKKI RICHARDS, Deputy Chief Executive, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Gabby Heycock – Area Manager, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Stuart Stevens – Deputy Assistant Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Mark Deeney – Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Gary Stanford – Group Commander, London Fire Brigade


“To develop robust and evidence-based digital guidance that supports a consistent approach to the CRMP process, whilst ensuring it is flexible and can be adopted by any UK FRS”

CRMP Infographic Feb 2021

Indicative project timeline

Key Milestone Date
Phase 1: Existing guidance and literature review Spring 2020
Phase 2: Standardised guidance (including CRMP Fire Standard) Summer 2020 onwards
Phase 3: Implementation as business as usual

Quarterly Updates

The Community Risk Programme publishes quarterly briefings to engage and inform stakeholders of progress and developments. Quarterly Briefings can be found here: NFCC Quarterly Briefings

Contact us

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