Article 2

SCHEDULE 1Revisions to the Fire and Rescue National Framework (Wales) 2005

1.  Delete paragraph 1.8 and replace with —

The CFSC aims to take forward its work that impacts upon public safety and has agreed to widen its remit beyond fire safety, for example into areas such as road traffic collisions. To reflect these changes the CFSC will now be known as the Community Safety Committee (“CSC”).

2.  Delete paragraph 2.2 and replace with —

3.  Delete the following from the fourth bullet point in paragraph 2.5—

4.  Delete paragraphs 2.6 — 2.17 (including the title “Integrated Risk Management Plans”) and replace with —

Risk Reduction Plans

2.6  It is in everyone’s interest that Wales becomes a safer place to work and live in, travel to and visit. To assist in risk reduction, the Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration launched the Fire and Rescue Authorities Risk Reduction Plan — Wales a Safer Country on 21 March 2006, which provides that each Fire and Rescue Authority should prepare its own Risk Reduction Plan (“RRP”).

2.7  To address risk strategically requires an approach that assesses both corporate and community risk. The Assembly Government recognises the complex environments in which Fire and Rescue Authorities operate, and therefore each Fire and Rescue Authority’s Risk Reduction Plan should clearly identify their priorities and allocate resources accordingly.

2.8  RRP guidance advises Fire and Rescue Authorities to manage risk in a comprehensive, transparent and robust manner. It allows Fire and Rescue Authorities sufficient scope for local flexibility and innovative ways of delivering their services to citizens and communities they serve.

2.9  Each Fire and Rescue Authority should produce a RRP or annual action plan that focuses on community and corporate risk. The Fire and Rescue Authority’s RRP provides the strategic agenda for that Fire and Rescue Authority.

2.10  In order for Fire and Rescue Authorities to achieve the targets and standards set out in paragraph 2.2 they should establish RRPs aimed at:

2.11  As a continued commitment to collaborative working between the Assembly Government and Fire and Rescue Authorities, each Fire and Rescue Authority should informally discuss its proposals and options relating to its RRP or annual action plans with the Assembly Government before the Fire and Rescue Authority commences its public consultation on the RRP or annual action plan.

2.12  Fire and Rescue Authorities should develop, consult, approve and publish their RRP or annual action plan by 31 October, ready for implementation in the following financial year, in accordance with guidance issued under the Wales Fire and Rescue Service Circular (06)07 entitled Fire and Rescue Authority Risk Reduction Plan — Wales a Safer Country.

2.13  All responses to the consultation should be evaluated and formally considered by the Fire and Rescue Authority. Following its public consultation and evaluation of responses, Fire and Rescue Authorities should again contact the Assembly Government to discuss the responses to their consultation and its intended course of action, prior to formal Fire and Rescue Authority approval.

2.14  Fire and Rescue Authorities should publish the consultation responses (with agreement from the consultees), along with their response to the issues raised, in a public document once the RRP has been approved by the Fire and Rescue Authority.

2.15  Fire and Rescue Authorities are encouraged to use the Fire Services Emergency Cover Toolkit (“FSEC”) to gather evidence as their RRPs should be forward looking and shaped by evidence rather than a response to short-term pressures.

2.16  Each Fire and Rescue Authority has access to FSEC to enable them to predict and manage the risks within their area. Whilst FSEC is not the only modelling tool available, it is the Assembly Government’s preferred tool for gathering and interpreting evidence.

2.17  In summary, Fire and Rescue Authorities should produce a RRP or annual action plan that:

5.—(1) In paragraphs 2.19, 2.26, 2.39, 2.40, 2.43, 4.13, 4.17, 6.3, 6.8, 6.16, 9.6 and 9.13 substitute “RRP” for “IRMP”.

(2) In the second bullet point on page 5 relating to Chapter 2 substitute “Risk Reduction Plan (RRP)” for “Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP)”.

6.  Insert new paragraph after 2.23 —

2.23A  In the future the Assembly Government will ask the CSC to consider previous Assembly Government publicity campaigns and the effective use of media before making recommendations on future activity and funding to the Assembly Government.

7.  Add to the end of paragraph 2.26 —

8.  Insert new paragraph after 2.28 —

2.28A  The Arson Strategy, when finalised by the Assembly Government, will form the basis for future anti-arson activity. This Arson Strategy will be called the Wales Arson Reduction Strategy. Anti-arson activity will be kept under review by the CSC. The Assembly Government will ask the CSC to commission a similar strategy for accidental fires.

9.  Add to the end of paragraph 2.32 —

10.  Add new paragraph after 2.33 —

2.33A  The Assembly Government will ask the CSC to consider all activity to date in relation to community safety and arson reduction and to advise the Assembly Government on priorities and funding levels for any future activity from 2007-08 onwards, having regard not only to previous activity but also new priorities for Fire and Rescue Authorities, such as road traffic collisions.

11.  Delete paragraphs 2.39 and 2.40 and replace with —

2.39  The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/1541) (“FSO”) is a major reform of fire safety law. Previous fire safety legislation was contained in over one hundred separate pieces of legislation. The FSO came into force in England and Wales on 1 October 2006. The functions and powers of the Secretary of State in the FSO were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales on 8 June 2006 by the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1458).

2.40  The main emphasis of the reform is fire prevention at non-domestic premises and a regime of fire risk assessment to be carried out by the responsible person in order to identify, mitigate or remove any risk from fire to persons in or around the premises. Fire certificates were abolished and no longer have any status.

12.  Delete paragraph 4.3 and replace with —

Service Standards

4.3  The Assembly Government acknowledges the rigidity of the “1985 Standards of Fire Cover”. They were prescriptive, inflexible and designed to limit the spread of fire from one property to another. They took little account of life safety or fire safety measures within the property.

1.  The Standard is to provide 80% of Welsh homes with an attendance to a fire in the home within 10 minutes.

2.  Where the risk area is predicted by FSEC as having a casualty rate greater than 6, faster response of 5 minutes is required.

3.  Where FSEC classifies an area as above average risk the Fire and Rescue Authority will need to assess the individual risk and will need to adopt an additional form of risk reduction strategy.

Fire and Rescue Authorities should ensure that a professional and effective response is available to meet the range of education and prevention activities and the emergency incidents to which they respond. This includes:

13.  Delete paragraph 4.4.

14.  Add to the end of paragraph 4.14—

15.  In paragraph 5.14 delete the following—

16.  Delete paragraph 5.17.

17.  In paragraph 5.21 delete the following—

18.  Delete paragraphs 5.26 to 5.29 and replace with —


5.26  As announced in Wales Fire and Rescue Service Circular W-FRSC(06)09, the Assembly Government has joined with the UK Government to procure a state of the art digital radio communication system named Firelink for Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales, Scotland and England. This new system will provide Fire and Rescue Authorities with the same technology as the Police and eventually the Ambulance Service in Wales and creates true interoperability and resilience for the first time.

5.27  The contract for the new communications system has been let to O2 Airwave Limited. The Assembly Government is investing approximately £44 million over the next 10 years in Firelink and has worked closely with the UK Government to ensure that this investment offers best value for money. The system is being funded by the Assembly Government until operational, and Fire and Rescue Authorities will then contribute to the revenue costs of the new system for the full term of the contract. The contract also provides for the maintenance of the existing radio communication systems until the new Firelink system is fully operational.

5.28  The programme of works provides that the system should be operational in Wales and be fully interoperable across all of the UK emergency services by mid 2009. Firelink will give Fire and Rescue Authorities the capability to respond effectively to large-scale incidents throughout the UK and equip them to meet differing emergencies and the demands of today’s challenging environment.


5.29  Training for Firefighters in Wales on all elements of the New Dimension capability is being co-ordinated and carried out in collaboration with the Wales New Dimension regional Planner Team and Chief Fire Officers. The special training includes Mass Decontamination; Detection and Identification of Materials; High Volume Pumps; Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Command and Control. The training is being directly funded by the Assembly Government until the completion of the roll-out of the New Dimension Programme when long term funding arrangements will be put in place. The crewing costs of the USAR capability are also being funded by the Assembly Government, including new accommodation for the New Dimension vehicles and equipment, together with a new USAR Training Rig and accommodation.

19.  At the end of paragraph 6.2 insert—

20.  Delete paragraph 6.12 and replace with —

21.  Delete paragraph 6.13.

22.  Delete paragraphs 6.15 and 6.16.

23.  Delete paragraph 7.13 and replace with—

24.  Delete paragraph 8.4.

25.  Delete paragraph 8.11 and replace with —

26.  Delete paragraph 10.17.