Chester Fire and Rescue Service receives prestigious national award

THE ABILITY of Chester Fire and Rescue Service to frame risk has been rewarded with the receiving of a national award for its risk management across the organisation as a whole.

While its firefighters are used to tackling risk every day, the excellence of the corporate side of the Service has shown it can tackle risk also, in seeing off strong competition from companies in all industries and sectors across the UK to land the Enterprise Risk Management Strategy of the Year Award.

Its Corporate Risk Management framework outlines the way it will address an entire range of financial, reputational, health and safety and project issues which could prevent the organisation from meeting targets and providing a proper service.

Corporate Programme Manager Sophie Thorley said: “We’re delighted and proud to

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service corporate programme team - Head of Planning, Performance & Communications Tim Bevington, Caron Corbin, Christine Astall, Joanne Cartledge, Sophie Thorley ©Chester Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Corporate Programme Team – Head of Planning, Performance & Communications Tim Bevington, Caron Corbin, Christine Astall, Joanne Cartledge, Sophie Thorley ©Chester Fire and Rescue Service

have been recognised with this award as it demonstrates the hard work of the team to make Cheshire and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service a safer place to live and work.

Risk management is embedded across the entire Service but we recognise this is a journey of continuous improvement and we are training and developing local ‘risk champions’ to ensure we maintain the momentum.”

Cheshire was the only fire and rescue service shortlisted for the national awards organised by CIR magazine (Continuity, Insurance and Risk).

Judges praised the entry and said that enlightened companies were now embedding risk management across their whole organisations.

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