Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service operates over an area of approximately 965 square miles from twenty strategically located fire and rescue stations within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and serves a population of nearly one million. The Service has 489 frontline whole time operational staff, 216 frontline retained duty staff and a further 136 members of staff in key functional roles.
The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS)is committing to the following actions:
We will put in place a Road Risk Management Policy that is applicable to all employees who are involved in driving or the management of driving activities carried out by the Service. It will identify the structure organisation and responsibilities of service personnel to achieve and maintain a safe transport system for the future. In addition, the Service will be instrumental in developing and adopting the national standard for blue light driving; High Speed Driver Training, and is committed to meeting the 5 year deadline set for training all relevant staff to this standard.
Over the next 12 months suitable operational staff will be trained and brought on-line as Road Traffic Collision Workplace Trainers situated on each watch for each whole time station; 9 stations, 36 watches (shifts). This cohort will initially deliver basic refresher training before moving onto more specific advance training topics.
We will work with the unitary authority road safety teams to gain a more clear understanding of agency objectives and delivery approach. As a result of this, road safety messages that compliment and enforce those delivered by road safety teams are now incorporated into the LFR Service's schools programme and are delivered to in excess of 30,000 year 1 (5 years old) and year 5 (10 years old) children each year.
LFRS is committed to making effective contribution to the LFRS multi-agency road safety partnership. This partnership arrangement has already yielded delivery of a hard hitting theatre production aimed at 16 - 18 year old students, reaching 5000 young people in 5 days.
LFRS is committed to a further 7 day delivery of this production in 2009 and will continue to work with the partnership in the production of delivery material to be used as part of a tool kit available to all partner agencies.
The LFRS is committed to working within this partnership to develop a common strategy for delivery of road safety education across the Service/road safety partnership area.