Our Targets, Priorities and Strategies
These aspirations and aims however, are meaningless unless the Service can show how we intend to deliver these to our communities. Each strategic aim is therefore supported by strategic targets and priorities and has defined strategies to deliver them.
Each strategic aim is supported by strategic targets. These are important as they set out ‘milestones’ so that our communities can see exactly how we are doing. By setting out our strategic targets in this way we ensure that we can be held accountable if we do not deliver them.
Each of our strategic aims has a set of clearly defined priorities which are crucial to improving the services we provide. These priorities allow us to target our limited resources where they will do the most good.
This plan is supported by three organisational strategies; Community Safety, People and Resources which show how we intend to prevent incidents from happening, protect buildings from the risk of fire and where necessary respond effectively to emergency calls. It also shows how we invest in our people and manage our resources. Protecting the environment is at the heart of everything we do.
We must also ensure that we actually do what we say we will and demonstrate how we are doing to our stakeholders, communities and staff. Our organisational strategies therefore explain the:
- priorities we have set
- key activities we are delivering
- performance indicators we are using to measure performance.
These organisational strategies are available:
- Community Safety Strategy
- People Strategy
- Resources Strategy.
Some of our strategies have sub-strategies such as information technology (IT) which, although a large programme in its own right, is part of the ‘parent strategy’ - the Resources Strategy. Why have they all been developed and how are they going to be implemented? A strategy provides a pathway for people and organisations to follow and are absolutely essential in order that goals and objectives are reached. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service’s goal is to achieve even greater community risk reduction so that we continue to be one of the safest counties in the country – “Working in partnership to make Dorset safer”.
Each of the strategies is supported by our medium term financial plan. All DFRS teams have action plans to ensure that the Community Safety Plan agenda gets delivered and all strategies are fed into these action plans. A summary of each of the three key strategies, together with information on our values and medium term financial plan is outlined below.