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CRR/IRM Research Program in the UK

September 4, 2018 • Ed Comeau

In this episode of CRR Radio we talk with West Midlands FIre Service Chief Officer Phil Loach about the research project being undertaken in the UK to develop evidence-based methods for evaluating the impact of CRR (or as they call it, Integrated Risk Management). Phil Loach is Chief Fire Officer for West Midlands Fire Service, the largest UK Fire & Rescue Service outside of London. Alongside this, CFO Loach is also the Vice Chair for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) which is made up of Chief Fire Officers from all 50 UK Fire & Rescue Services. Within the NFCC, CFO Loach is Programme Executive for the Community Risk Programme which has been set up to develop a comprehensive, evidence based and accredited risk analysis toolkit that is endorsed by the NFCC to assist UK fire and rescue services in developing their community risk management plans, while also being available to inform the understanding of Government departments around approaches to community risk management. The Programme is currently carrying out a Research Project that will include reaching out across the world to understand the approaches taken internationally when it comes to Community Risk Management. The Community Risk Programme is therefore inviting the International Fire Community to get in touch with the program if they would like to contribute or be involved in the exchange of ideas and sharing of approaches. Fire departments in the United States and other countries outside the UK can do so by contacting Group Commander Martin Ward-White at

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