Fire and rescue news

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The Home Secretary has commissioned HMICFRS to review the governance and progress of London Fire Brigade’s action plan to implement the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report.

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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.

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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.

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HMICFRS has suspended all inspection work requiring contributions from police forces and fire and rescue services, to enable them to focus on their vital work during the Coronavirus epidemic.

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Today, we have published the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service revisit letter.

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Today, HMICFRS has published our second inspection programme of fire and rescue services. This sets out our programme of inspections for 2020/21.

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In his first annual assessment of fire and rescue services in England, Her Majesty’s Chief inspector of Fire and Rescue Services Sir Thomas Winsor acknowledges the strong commitment from firefighters to protect the communities they serve. The sector’s greatest strength is in how it responds to emergencies, with demonstration of a number of life-saving initiatives and a strong health and safety culture. However, the fire and rescue sector needs significant reform in several areas.

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HMICFRS has today published the third, and final, tranche of the first independent inspection into fire and rescue services for 12 years. There are 15 reports in this release.

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HMICFRS has launched a consultation which welcomes views on our proposed fire and rescue services inspection programme and framework for the coming year. The consultation is open until Friday 29 November 2019.

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Most fire and rescue services are good at responding to emergencies, but there is too much variation in how well the public are protected, how quickly emergencies are responded to and how well services look after their staff, according to a new report.

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