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Transforming fire prevention: a case study

Taylor, MJ and Higgins, E and Francis, H and Jones, M and Appleton, D (2015) Transforming fire prevention: a case study. Transforming government: policy, process and people, 9 (2). pp. 223-236. ISSN 1750-6166

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the research project was to examine the transformation of fire prevention processes via improved targeting of fire prevention interventions over a four year period. Design / methodology / approach: A four year case study of the transformation of fire prevention processes involving a UK fire and rescue service, local council, NHS primary care trust and a police force was undertaken. Findings: Understanding the socio-economic causal factors underlying unintentional dwelling fires, and the need to work in collaborative partnerships to achieve change in such factors can support more targeted and effective fire prevention activities. Research limitations / implications: Analysis of underlying causal factors and their relationships, together with population segmentation and working in co-ordinated collaborative partnerships can support enhanced fire risk assessment and community safety. This supported more pro-active early intervention fire risk management. Practical implications: Analysis of socio-economic causal factors, and socio-economic groups associated with unintentional dwelling fires can assist in targeting fire prevention activities in a more effective and efficient manner. This enabled the fire and rescue service to target fire prevention to social groups most at risk of dwelling fires and the types of fires (for example, kitchen fires) relevant to the different social groups. Social implications: Collaborative public sector partnerships can achieve change in the socio-economic circumstances of at-risk individuals to support fire prevention. This enables the social and health related factors underlying fire risk to be addressed by the relevant partner health or social services agencies. Originality / value: The detailed analysis of the transformation of fire prevention activities that led to an implemented approach to enhanced community safety. In particular, the analysis and evaluation of the move to collaborative multi-agency partnerships to support and improve fire prevention activities.

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Additional Information: This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0806 Information Systems, 1605 Policy And Administration, 1503 Business And Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Computer Science
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 15:11
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2015 14:50
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/329

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