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During our inspection of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and Isle of Wight FRS in 2018, before the services combined in April 2021, we identified as a cause of concern that they didn’t do enough to be an inclusive employer.

Publication  —  Letter, Revisit  — 

During our inspection of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in the week of 26 November 2018, we identified a cause of concern about the management and oversight of the safe and well visit process and the effectiveness of its risk-based inspection programme.

Publication  —  Letter, Revisit  — 

During our inspection of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in the week of 24 June 2019 we identified a cause of concern about how the service maintains the fitness requirements of its operational staff.

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.

Publication  —  Letter, Revisit  — 

We made our second revisit to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) virtually between 22 and 26 February 2021. This letter gives an update on our findings about progress against Gloucestershire FRS’s action plan.

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.

Publication  —  Fire & rescue services, Grenfell  — 

On 14 June 2017, a fire at Grenfell Tower, a high-rise residential building in North Kensington, West London, cost 72 lives. On 15 June 2017, the then Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, announced a public inquiry into the causes of the fire. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was set up to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire.

Publication  —  Fire & rescue services, Letter, Revisit  — 

We conducted an inspection of the London Fire Brigade virtually between August and December 2020. As part of our inspection of what progress London Fire Brigade is making to implement the recommendations in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report, we also considered the brigade’s progress to address the cause of concern we gave in our Round 1 inspection. 

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 Matt Parr to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service sets out our assessment of the effectiveness of the service’s response to the pandemic.

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