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Today we published a letter on Devon and Somerset’s Fire and Rescue Service’s progress against a cause of concern we gave in our inspection in 2019.

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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.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the practical implications of outdated and inflexible working arrangements in the fire service, reinforcing the need for national reform, a new report has said.

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The London Fire Brigade still has more work to do to fully address its failings from the Grenfell Tower fire, a new report has found.

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Today we published a letter on the London Fire Brigade’s progress against a cause of concern we gave in our inspection in 2019.

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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.

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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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