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Community Safety directorate

Operations

Community Safety includes all emergency response, prevention and protection activities, as well as resilience arrangements, and is comprised of two areas which align to higher tier political and geographical boundaries:

  • Bournemouth & Poole and Dorset Area – the unitary authorities of Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole; and Dorset County Council
  • Wiltshire and Swindon Area – Wiltshire Council, Borough of Swindon

The two areas are subdivided into four groups, each consisting of a number of fire stations. These align with existing local partnership arrangements:

  • Bournemouth and Poole – Unitary Authorities and Wards
  • Dorset – District Councils
  • Swindon – Localities
  • Wiltshire – Area Boards

In addition, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority has four Local Performance and Scrutiny Committees, covering Bournemouth & Poole, Dorset, Swindon and Wiltshire. The aligned structure ensures effective performance management and good governance so that we can assure delivery against our vision and community safety plan.

Prevention

Prevention principally delivers community safety and education, including road safety, the safety centres, and initiatives such as the Prince’s Trust, Salamander, SPARC and volunteers. The department’s principal areas of concern are delivering core statutory and non-statutory safety education, by:

  • developing education packages and presentations in line with local authority children’s services and delivering them in mainstream, special, private and public schools, learning centres and to the home educated
  • training staff and volunteers to ensure that they are competent in delivering education programmes
  • delivering intervention programmes for young people, e.g. Salamander, Safer People and Responsible Communities (SPARC)
  • delivering fire cadet schemes aligned to the new national Chief Fire Officer Association model
  • delivering personal development programmes for young people, e.g. Prince’s Trust and Junior Good Citizen
  • providing signposting arrangements for the most vulnerable people, e.g. Safe and Independent Living (SAIL) and Single View data sharing initiative to risk assess vulnerability and enable a risk/resource matching programme
  • attending and supporting the Dorset and Wiltshire road safety partnerships
  • delivering targeted road safety education that helps to reduce road traffic collisions (RTCs) and related casualties, e.g. Safe Drive Stay Alive (SADA) roadshows
  • delivering educational experiences aligned to local needs through safety centres
  • reducing arson and its associated impacts through education programmes and initiatives supported by our partners
  • reducing fires and related casualties in the home
  • delivering Safe & Well visits, targeting vulnerable people
  • ensuring that safeguarding is at the core of all service delivery
  • working with protection teams to identify fire safety issues in specific properties covered by legislation.

Protection

Protection delivers on all aspects of technical fire safety, ensuring that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order is met by businesses across both Dorset and Wiltshire. This department’s principal areas of concern are:

  • delivering a proactive, targeted business support inspection programme to educate, ensure compliance and enforce where standards are not achieved in high risk buildings
  • providing business support and education, promoting residential and commercial sprinkler systems, and developing a partnership approach to strengthen awareness and compliance
  • developing partnership approaches with other regulatory authorities such as Housing, Licensing and Health and Safety Executive, to reduce risk and strengthen compliance
  • establishing and delivering the Primary Authority Scheme
  • developing awareness and use of assistive technology, and use of personal protection systems, to enhance the protection of the most vulnerable in our communities, using innovation to reduce risk such a misting units to keep vulnerable people safe from fire
  • delivering reactive enforcement of the Fire Safety Order following emergencies and incidents involving fatalities and injuries, including post fire audits, specialist fire investigation and prevention support
  • delivering building regulation consultations and promoting the use of sprinklers at all viable opportunities
  • carrying out prohibition and restriction functions where other support has failed and dangerous fire safety conditions exist.

Resilience

As a Category 1 Responder (as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004) we have a statutory duty to take a full and active role in the work of the Local Resilience Forums (LRF) in our area to:

  • assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
  • put in place emergency plans
  • put in place business continuity management arrangements
  • put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
  • share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination
  • co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency.

Our strategic managers lead and support LRF Executive meetings and our territorial group managers support and contribute to LRF Business Management meetings, ensuring our own plans and response is integrated with partners.

Training managers support and contribute to LRF training and exercising meetings, ensuring a joined-up approach which helps to improve efficiency and effectiveness through embedded joint working.

LRF plans are supported by regular training and validated by exercises. These exercises are thoroughly debriefed and lessons learnt are shared via joint organisational learning, and internal debriefing processes.

Our strategic managers lead and support LRF Executive meetings and our territorial group managers support and contribute to LRF Business Management meetings, ensuring our own plans and response is integrated with partners.

Training managers support and contribute to LRF training and exercising meetings, ensuring a joined-up approach which helps to improve efficiency and effectiveness through embedded joint working.

LRF plans are supported by regular training and validated by exercises These exercises are thoroughly debriefed and lessons learnt are shared via joint organisational learning, and internal debriefing processes.

 

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