Avon Fire Authority approves Integrated Risk Management Plan

Members of Avon Fire Authority have today (Friday 10 February) voted to approve the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2016 – 2020.

All fire and rescue services are required to produce an IRMP that assesses local and national risks, and outlines how they will be addressed within the limitations of the budget.

Avon Fire Authority’s plan was the subject of a six-week consultation on proposals which included introducing ‘alternate’ crewing of specialist vehicles instead of them being ‘primary’ crewed; changing Yate Fire Station from a wholetime fire station to a model where it would be crewed by ‘on call’ firefighters at night; and bringing the Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Team into the wholetime establishment.

At today’s meeting Members agreed an amendment to the IRMP which would see two ‘on call’ fire engines operating from the station at night, instead of one as was originally proposed. 

The amendment was made on the basis of concerns expressed through the consultation by members of the public, as well as Yate Town Council and the Fire Brigades Union.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is now planning to recruit ‘on call’ firefighters who can provide night cover in Yate. Anyone who is interested in finding out more can visit http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/recruitment-home/retained-firefighter