Data management standard for fire now available

Fire Standards Board.

The Fire Standards Board (FSB) has announced the launch of the twelfth professional Fire Standard focused on Data Management.

The Data Management Fire Standard focuses on ensuring fire and rescue services can deliver excellence to the public by maximising the value of good quality and reliable data.

One of the desired outcomes of the Data Management Fire Standard is that services will use data to inform their community risk management planning and other key activities which will contribute to a reduction in risk, and improvements in community safety.

This area of work was led by Chief Fire Officer and Project Executive for the Digital and Data Programme, Andrew Hopkinson. The development of the standard was also supported by the NFCC Data lead, Apollo Gerolymbos, the Digital and Data Programme team and colleagues in the Home Office and Police Digital Service. There is an active network of data practitioners, a group of subject matter experts and representatives from services that has helped with the development of the standard.

One of the expected benefits of achieving the Data Management Fire Standard is that services will deliver an improved quality of service to the public because of their effective use of high quality and robust local, regional and national data to evidence their considerations and decision making.

The corresponding Fire Standards Implementation Tool is designed to support services in assessing how well they already meet the standard and what they may need to consider and act on in terms of their working practices. It aims to act as a way to self-assess helping them to build an action plan that will enable to achieve the standard in time.

Fire Minister Jeremy Quin said, “I am delighted to see the launch of the Data Management Fire Standard, which sets clear expectations fire services should meet. Using data effectively will ensure our fire and rescue services make evidence-based decisions that best protect their communities. This new standard is also in keeping with our Fire Reform White Paper’s aim to ensure fire services are modern, flexible and fit for the challenges of the 21st century.”

The Chair of the Fire Standards Board is Suzanne McCarthy. She added, “The Board welcomes the launch of the new Data Management Fire Standard and recognises the contribution it will bring to fire and rescue services and the communities they serve by reducing risk.