The Fire Plan addresses the impact of major incidents such as the Manchester Arena attack in 2017, the Saddleworth Moor fire in 2018 and, more recently, widespread flooding in south Manchester and Stockport, as well as the 2019 Cube fire in Bolton.
The priorities making up the plan include:
- Providing a fast, safe and effective service
- Helping people to reduce the risk of fires and other emergencies
- Helping protect the built environment
- Using resources sustainably while delivering the most value
- Developing a culture of excellence, equality and inclusivity
- Integrating services in every locality with those of partner agencies.
As the Fire Plan outlines, GMFRS will continue to identify risks to understand where to locate the workforce, while continuing to carry out joint planning and training alongside other agencies to prepare for large-scale and complex emergencies.
The Fire Plan also forms part the wider Greater Manchester Strategy, which aims to make the city-region one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. GMFRS will integrate working with partners across the city-region to enable this ambition.