Executive Summary

Our Strategic Assessment of Risk identified the increasing impacts and consequences of climate change in terms of both prevalence and duration of large-scale flooding and wildfire events in the county.

In our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) 2022-27 we share our high-level ambitions in response to these emerging risks and this Climate Change Operational Response Plan (CCORP) 2022-27 aims to provide a more detailed overview of how we will strengthen the provision of services to our communities to ensure that we remain best placed to plan and respond to incidents of these types.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change[1] (IPCC) earlier in 2021, shared a view on the current ‘State of the Climate’:

“The scale of recent changes across the climate system as a whole and the present state of many aspects of the climate system are unprecedented over many centuries to many thousands of years.

“Many changes in the climate system become larger in direct relation to increasing global warming. They include increases in the frequency and intensity of hot extremes, marine heatwaves, and heavy precipitation, agricultural and ecological droughts in some regions, and proportion of intense tropical cyclones, as well as reductions in Arctic Sea ice, snow cover and permafrost”.

A key element of their observations was that:

“Continued global warming is projected to further intensify the global water cycle, including its variability, global monsoon precipitation and the severity of wet and dry events”.

Armed with this insight and to ensure our preparedness and response capabilities, this five-year plan details our ambitions in response to emerging evidence and warnings on the likely impacts of climate change.

As the extremes of foreseeable weather events are evident, this action plan will consider flooding and wildfire as two separate areas of focus, whilst recognising that some of the proposed actions we will take, will serve to mitigate aspects of both risks in tandem.

In delivering against this plan, we aim to:

  • Reduce the threat to the communities in Lancashire

  • Improve firefighter safety

  • Reduce the costs and impact upon LFRS, partners and our communities

Key Principles

The integration of activities across preparedness, prevention, protection and operational response forms the basis of this action plan.

Several key principles guide our activities:

  1. Working in partnership with other agencies and/or private bodies to make our communities safer

  2. Delivering prevention activities serves to educate and inform and thereby reduce potential risks

  3. Empowering communities to play their part can increase local resilience and assist planning and response

  4. Utilising operational debriefing and learning supports continuous improvement in the delivery of our services

  5. Working to support local, regional, and national policy design through learning and sharing areas of best practice

  6. Responding effectively when required, with the right vehicles, trained staff, best equipment, and operational tactics