Our Risks

There are six main types of risk Cleveland Fire Authority needs to manage:

National Risks

The Government monitors the most significant emergencies that the UK could face over the next five years through its National Risk Assessment. The National Risk Register (NRR) is the public version of this assessment. It provides advice on how people, businesses and the emergency services can better prepare for civil emergencies.

Cleveland Area Risks

We are key members of the Cleveland Local Resilience Forum and actively work to prepare for, respond to and recover from any major emergency in the Cleveland area. The Community Risk Register (CRR) currently sets out the risks facing our communities and how they are being dealt with and include for example flooding, animal disease, adverse weather and pandemic flu.

Strategic Risks

Our Strategic Risks, if not managed, may negatively impact our strategic direction. We regularly scan the horizon to identify and address these risks and capture in our Corporate Risk Register.

Tactical Risks

There are risks in our operational environment that affect life, property, the environment and heritage, and include:

Built Environment There’s a vast range of property in Cleveland, houses and flats, commercial (e.g. shops, offices and factories), public buildings (e.g. hospitals and schools) and other buildings such as outbuildings and garages. Each building type presents a unique hazard in the event of a fire.

Transport Environment such as those associated with roads, rail, sea and air.

Industrial Environment Cleveland has 9% of all national COMAH sites – the densest proportion in the country.

Neighbourhoods and the Environment Risks –  for example, grass, refuse and wheelie bin fires; spills and leaks of dangerous and hazardous materials; flooding and vehicle fires.

National Resilience – national events/incidents emanating in environments that are monitored and assessed by Government.

Community Health and Wellbeing Risks such as bariatric and emergency medical response.

Individual Risks

Keeping the workforce safe in whatever role they play within the Brigade is of paramount importance. This includes Health & Safety, Safe Systems of Work and dynamic Risk Assessments.

Emerging Risks

Those that may impact our future service demand such as a change in population or new developments such as housing estates, commercial developments etc.