Introduction

This response strategy has been developed to outline how we will deliver our operational response function to the communities of Lancashire.

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority (CFA) is responsible for providing an effective and efficient Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) to protect communities and businesses across Lancashire. This response strategy outlines how Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) will respond to a range of emergencies and operational incidents and manage our resources to enable the most appropriate and efficient response.
Our delivery of services is influenced by and aligned to legislation, the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England National Operational Guidance and our Risk Management Framework; the framework includes our Strategic Assessment of Risk (SAoR), Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) and annual service plans (ASP).

Reducing risks and preventing incidents is a critical part of the service we deliver. However, being prepared to respond to emergencies when they occur is at the heart of what we aim to achieve. We seek to deliver the highest standards of operational response by continuously planning, preparing, and training for emergencies, so that we can respond with the correct resources, skills and equipment to deal with any incident safely, efficiently, and effectively.

To support and develop our response activities we have a dedicated Response Task Group (RTG) which aims to:

  • Work collaboratively in preparing and developing operational/response policy and procedures.

  • Update existing policy and procedures following research and development activities.

  • Investigate and report on activities internal and external to the service.

  • Deliver service improvement to support the objectives of the CFA.

  • Identify and provide options to improve service performance in all areas of operational response.

  • Provide a sounding board for relevant tactical and procedural issues, using this process to promote best practice.