Introduction

Our prevention strategy 2022-27 encompasses the following key areas:

  • Working collaboratively with our partners and communities.

  • Using incident intelligence and data to drive our activities.

  • Fire safety in the home.

  • Arson risk in the home, built environment, and outdoors.

  • Road safety.

  • Water safety. 

  • Early action, education, and youth engagement.

Fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) are required by the national framework to produce a local Community Risk Management Plan that sets out the authority’s strategy, in collaboration with other agencies, for reducing the commercial, economic and social impact of fires and other emergency incidents.

Our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) sets the overall direction and is informed by a Strategic Assessment of Risk (SAoR). This prevention strategy provides more detail on how we will deliver and develop prevention services during the period and our annual service plans will each describe the continuous improvements we intend to make to achieve this.

Undertaking a strategic assessment of risk is a vital foundation to both the CRMP and this strategy as certain risks in our communities are highly foreseeable. By analysing national and local data and intelligence we can predict the types of emergencies that are most likely to occur, when they are likely to happen, and the individuals or groups most likely to be at risk. In our fast-moving and constantly changing world we also recognise that historical data doesn’t always shape future events. Accordingly, we still recognise the importance of being agile and maintaining the capability to identify emerging trends so we can evolve and deliver our prevention activities flexibly and proactively. 

The SAoR and accompanying district risk profiles (which are refreshed annually) will ensure prevention services remain tailored to the needs of Lancashire. Aspects of this strategy further recognise that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) is one of many fire and rescue services nationally and consistency of approach and messaging is vital to ensure the best overall service to both Lancashire’s residents and its visitors. Accordingly, this strategy will be accompanied by an equality impact assessment and shaped in accordance with national fire standards.