NFCC launches new Data Management Framework to support fire and rescue services

The National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Hub has launched a new Data Management Framework (DMF) to support fire and rescue services (FRSs) in complying with good data management practice and, where appropriate, associated legal obligations.

It complements and supports the implementation of the Data Management Fire Standard, which was launched last year, and has been written through consultation by subject matter experts from across the fire and rescue service sector. The new framework supports everyone working within a fire and rescue service, from senior leadership to operational and non-operational levels, and not only those in data-related roles.  To improve data management within Service all staff will benefit from reading and understanding it.

To assist in understanding the importance and relevance of the framework a short animation has been developed explaining the impact of good data practice, and the benefits of solid data-management processes. All FRS staff are also invited to register to attend one of two NFCC online Implementation Workshops taking place on 21 and 28 February.

Andy Hopkinson, Chair of the NFCC Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Committee, said: “Data is one of the most valuable assets of a fire and rescue service. It underpins decision-making and activity at all levels and across all areas of the service, and good management of data is important if a service is to maximise the data’s potential. Services are also expected to have well-documented, high-quality, and robust data at local, regional, and national level that can be used effectively to aid improvements for the community.

“The launch of the recent Data Management Fire Standard, now followed by the Data Management Framework, will help fire and rescue services to enhance their professionalism and data capabilities, delivering improved consistency across the sector.”

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