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Notts Fire implements learnings from Manchester Arena Inquiry

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has made progress in implementing learnings from the Manchester Arena Inquiry, according to a report.

The Manchester Arena Inquiry, which investigated the tragic events of May 22, 2017, highlighted various inadequacies in the emergency services’ response.

The inquiry’s Volume Two, published on November 3, 2022, specifically focused on the emergency services’ planning, preparation, and response, and its effect on lifesaving efforts and the extent of loss of life.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service response

NFRS says it has taken the recommendations of the Manchester Arena Inquiry with utmost seriousness. Damien West, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, indicated that 53 recommendations from the inquiry were pertinent to NFRS. 32 of these have already been completed, and 21 are actively being worked on. The target for completion of all recommendations is December 2024.

Key Points

Policy and Procedure Overhaul: NFRS has reviewed and amended its operational policies and procedures relating to Marauding Terrorist Attacks (MTA) in collaboration with regional partners. This includes adopting the new national guidance – Joint Operating Principles for MTA Edition 3.

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Internal Scrutiny and National Oversight: The Community Risk Management Plan Assurance Board, chaired by the Chief Fire Officer, is overseeing the implementation. Additionally, the National Fire Chiefs Council Operations Committee has established a strategic board for consistent response across the UK, with quarterly progress reporting.

Local Resilience Forum (LRF) Involvement: NFRS is also collaborating with Nottinghamshire LRF, creating a sub-group specifically for Manchester Arena Inquiry learnings implementation, addressing 55 relevant recommendations.

While the NFRS and LRF are making strides, they face challenges, including coordination across partners and financial constraints due to reduced specific MTA funding from the government. The Service’s budget planning process is accommodating these new financial requirements.

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