Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Partnership aims to reduce crime and disorder in the county and improve the quality of life and wellbeing for people where they live, work and spend leisure time. The partnership has replaced the six former district based community safety partnerships and includes representatives of the Police, Police Authority, Local Authority, Fire and Rescue Service, the Primary Care Trust, Probation Trust and many other organisations.
Amethyst is the intelligence hub for the partnership. It was set up to facilitate the needs of the partnership and in 2009 it developed the Cornwall Crime Explorer. The aim of the Cornwall Crime Explorer is to reportcrime statistics at a local level to better understand the issues around crime and meet the needs of both the local public sector partners and citizens.
Phil Davies, Strategic Intelligence and Projects Manager, Amethyst was instrumental in Crime Explorer and has since been involved in developing Fire Explorer. Having seen Crime Explorer the Fire and Rescue Service recognised that a similar approach would help them to better understand risk and promote fire safety in the region.
Partner organisations are mandated to share data which means that Amethyst has access to a wide range of data sets that can be linked to develop insight into a particular area of focus. As a result Fire Explorer is a data visualisation tool that displays recorded fire incidents at ward level for the following five categories: all fires; arson; car fires; road traffic accidents and chimney fires.
“It’s an excellent tool that allows users to look at fire risk in an easy-to-understand way – whereas previous information systems only served to limit the users,” says Phil.
Meeting the need
According to Phil, Fire Explorer has encouraged the Fire and Rescue Service to take an evidence-based approach.
The Chief Fire Officer, Des Tidbury believes it is helping them change the pattern of delivery so that it is more closely linked to risk. Previously teams would gear their fire safety efforts to where they thought risks were highest. However, these assumptions were based on past practice rather than looking at the evidence which has revealed changing trends…