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Today we published two letters on Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and Northamptonshire FRS’s progress against causes of concern we gave in our inspection in 2019.

Publication  —  Letter, Revisit  — 

In December 2020, we reviewed Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s updated action plans for responding to its causes of concern. This letter sets out our assessment of these plans and next steps.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the practical implications of outdated and inflexible working arrangements in the fire service, reinforcing the need for national reform, a new report has said.

Publication  —  Annual reports  — 

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services’ report to the Secretary of State under section 28B of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. It contains his assessment of the sector in England, based on the inspections we carried out during 2020.

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Dedicated fire and rescue staff stepped up to support the communities they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic, but working arrangements between fire and rescue service National Employers and the Fire Brigades Union prevented some firefighters from maximising the support they could provide to the public, a report published today has found.

Publication  —  COVID-19, Fire & rescue services  — 

Summary In August 2020, the Home Secretary commissioned us to inspect how fire and rescue authorities in England responded to the COVID-19 outbreak and the numerous challenges it presents. Virtually, we inspected England’s 45 fire and rescue services from September to November 2020, focusing on their response during the initial outbreak of the pandemic. The

Publication  —  COVID-19, Letter  — 

In August 2020, we were commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect how fire and rescue services in England are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter from HMI Zoe Billingham to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service sets out our assessment of the effectiveness of the service’s response to the pandemic.

Publication  —  Memorandum of understanding  — 

The Fire Standards Board (FSB) and HMICFRS both promote improvements in fire and rescue services in England.

News article  — 

In March 2020 we suspended all inspection work requiring appreciable contributions from police forces and fire and rescue services, to enable them to focus on the COVID-19 response. We resumed inspections in September.

News article  — 

Today, we have published the second revisit letter sent to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service setting out its progress since our inspection in 2018/19.