Community Risk Management Plan consultation opens

CFO Steve Helps stands next to CLLR Shuttleworth holding CRMP booklet

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) have revealed their latest plan to keep their communities safe – and they’re asking for your view.

CDDFRS have today (February 16) published their draft Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) that outlines how the Service uses the resources they have to keep communities safe.

Covering everything from how the Service prevents fires to how it responds to emergency calls, the document looks at all the risks that communities face and how they can be tackled.

And it highlights their eight core commitments to the public:

Be the Best

CDDFRS are now opening the document up to a 12-week period of consultation – which closes at midnight on May 10 - to provide both the public and key partner organisations with an opportunity to offer feedback.

Chief Fire Officer Steve Helps of CDDFRS said: “Community safety is our number one priority and we take immense pride in the quality of the services and response we provide to the people of County Durham and Darlington. 

“The CRMP is our most important document that allows us to consider and meet the changing risks in our communities and ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters and staff. Your views on our plan are immensely important to us and will be used to shape our services for the next three years.”

Chair of the Combined Fire Authority, Councillor John Shuttleworth, added: “The CRMP helps the Authority to scrutinise how effective the Service is and that it gives good value. We want to hear as many views as possible to help us with this task and I ask our communities to spare a few minutes to complete the questionnaire, as this is your chance to influence how we plan ahead.”

To read the full CRMP visit: Community Risk Consultation | County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (

To take part in the survey visit: Community Risk Management Plan Consultation 2024 - 2027 (