People Strategy


Assist with the future

Assist with the future

Reduced numbers of incidents

Over the last decade (between 2002/03 to 2012/13) there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of fire related incidents and consequent deaths and injuries across the country.


2002/03 – 2012/13 England Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes

(table 3a)

63% 54%
Non-fatal fire casualties

(table 3g)

54% 68%

(table 3e)

35% Too low for meaningful statistical analysis (between 0-6 per year)


The fire and rescue ‘landscape’ has changed dramatically over the last ten years or so. We have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of emergency incidents and consequent deaths and injuries across the UK including here in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. These changes result from a broad range of measures taken by government, industry and the fire and rescue service to improve the safety of the public.


resourcing-mapThe current resourcing map

The way we currently resource model hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years.

We will always need a fit for purpose fire and rescue service, and now is the time to take a fresh look at how we provide our services to the public making improvements in line with demand and risk.


On-call availability

Our on-call availability doesn’t currently support our demand to risk, with the greatest availability when it is least used. There are a large number of factors that contribute to this issue, some of which can be seen as complex. This is why the Authority is committed to looking at fresh alternatives to the old model that will best support demand and risk.on-call-availability



Further on-call pilots

The on-call working group are proposing to pilot new resourcing models for on-call that will support the area reviews. Further updates will be provided as these pilots are rolled out.


Area Reviews

The purpose of the project, is to create a new proposal, in each of the five identified geographic review areas, that is more appropriate to meet existing and future risks and demands placed upon the operational crews across the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

This model demonstrates the establishment changes facilitated by the various reviews over the life of the Public Safety, Medium Term Financial and Corporate Plans.





Securing a stable financial future

The CFO is working hard at a political level to secure a long term financial forecast. However, a range of scenarios have been modelled to effectively prepare for different financial positions.


Planning to our budget

This table from the Medium Term Financial Plan shows our predicted overall budget reduction over the next five years:


Workforce Planning

This model shows our projected operational establishment for the next five years, alongside our projected retirement profile and predicted other leavers. You can clearly see from this model that we will need to refresh the workforce to address future staff shortages:


Apprenticeships will meet the staffing gap

This model shows the planned establishment over the life of the public safety plan with the introduction of apprentices to address the forecast staffing gap:



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