Keeping Communities Safe


The “Keeping Communities Safe” (KCS) document is the blueprint for the future direction of the fire service which will deliver consistent, effective and value for money fire services in Ireland while continuing to reduce the risk from fires in our communities and prioritising the safety of fire personnel in their work.  KCS has been developed using a risk management approach, where risks are identified, classified and used to prioritise fire service activity in prevention, protection and response.  This approach is fully in keeping with best international practice. 
For the first time in Ireland, national standards for fire service delivery are set out in KCS, against which current service provision can be benchmarked.  KCS sets  challenging targets for further improvement to be achieved by fire authorities.  It also examines the roles appropriate for the fire service and the structures to deliver services.