Fire and rescue service community safety initiatives: measuring impact

SIMPSON, T., WHEATLEY, D., BRUNSDEN, V. and HILL, R., 2014. Fire and rescue service community safety initiatives: measuring impact. Safer Communities, 13 (2), pp. 88-100. ISSN 1757-8043

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss methods of capturing the impact of fire and rescue service (FRS) community safety work which directly aims to reduce the occurrence of specific incidents. Design/methodology/approach - The impact assessment method described focuses on addressing one of the major problems with regards to attributing outcomes to FRS community safety work; the influence of external factors. This paper looked to assess the incident trends within a case study UK FRS within the context of the following external data sets: first, incident trends within other UK FRSs; second, demographic trends; and third, incident data from other public services. Findings - There were instances, either across the whole region served by the case study FRS, or within specific districts, where evidence suggested a strong likelihood of the community safety work of the case study FRS contributing towards an observed reduction in incidents. These findings were established through filtering the impact of widespread external factors, which could impact upon incident figures. Research limitations/implications - The utility of this impact assessment relies upon FRS consistently recording the specific aims and focus of individual community safety activity, so that any positive outcomes can be attributed to a particular group of community safety initiatives. Originality/value - This paper discusses how an evaluation process, to deter mine the likelihood of community safety impacting upon incident numbers, can be practically applied to a FRS.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Safer Communities
Creators: Simpson, T., Wheatley, D., Brunsden, V. and Hill, R.
Publisher: Pier Professional Ltd.
Date: 2014
Volume: 13
Number: 2
ISSN: 1757-8043
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:31
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14181

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