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NFCC launches three-year plan in bid to ‘Achieve More Together’

27 June 2021

A COMPREHENSIVE programme of activity designed to support Fire and Rescue Services in improving service delivery in their local areas has been launched by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

The NFCC Plan 2021-2024 sets out how the ambitions and commitments outlined in the NFCC’s Strategy Document will be delivered over the next three years. It ensures that the appropriate tools, resources and skills are in place to deliver the objectives outlined in a way that remains relevant to – and has the greatest impact on – UK Fire and Rescue Services.

Commenting on the launch of the NFCC Plan 2021-2024, the organisation’s chair Mark Hardingham said: “The NFCC’s strategic commitments provide the cornerstones of NFCC activity. The Strategy Document recognises that the Fire and Rescue Service landscape is complex and that we must carefully plan how we review and apply learning to our guidance and work.”

Hardingham continued: “In recent times this has included events such as the Grenfell Tower fire, the Manchester Arena bombing, large-scale flooding, fire safety issues in the built environment, extensive wildfires and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Further, he stated: “The NFCC’s Strategic Improvement Model brings together the learning and recommendations from internal and external events and allows us to prioritise our work accordingly. Alongside the NFCC Plan, it ensures we consider the implications across the breadth of our work, as well as looking at how we can influence change in a consistent and cost-effective way not only for the next three years, but also to drive and deliver long-term improvements for the benefit of Fire and Rescue Services and the public.”

Finally, Hardingham observed: “The launch of the NFCC Plan is a significant milestone for the organisation and one that will pave the way for our future activity and the support we give to the UK fire and rescue sector.”

The NFCC’s rolling programme of projects, initiatives and campaigns is developed in conjunction with (and provides support to) the Home Office, devolved Governments and other external stakeholders with whom the NFCC works closely to achieve shared objectives.

The NFCC Strategy and Plan will be reviewed at the same time each year to ensure that both remain consistent and that progress continues to be realised against the NFCC’s strategic objectives.