Proposed fire and rescue services inspection programme and framework 2020/21: for consultation

Summary

This plan provides details of HMICFRS’s proposed fire and rescue services inspection programme for 2020/21, and asks for your views on whether the right areas of fire and rescue services’ activity are covered.

In particular, we are seeking your responses to the following questions:

  1. What do you think of the proposed approach to FRS inspection that HMICFRS proposes to conduct in the next cycle? How could this be improved?
  2. Does the draft inspection methodology (annex A) include the right questions to gather evidence for a rounded assessment of fire and rescue services? How could this be improved?
  3. How best could HMICFRS report on the progress the service has made since the previous inspection?
  4. What, if any, new or emerging problems for fire and rescue services should HMICFRS take into account in its inspections?
  5. How else could HMICFRS adapt the way in which it acquires information to take full account of the circumstances of fire and rescue services and of risks to public safety?
  6. What else should HMICFRS consider doing to make its fire and rescue service assessments as fair as they can be?

These questions are repeated in the body of this document. At the end of the document there is an explanation of how you can let us have your views. Following the close of the consultation on 29 November 2019, HM Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services will consider respondents’ views and, if he determines it appropriate to do so, change the proposed inspection programme and framework before putting it to the Home Secretary for approval.

Get the consultation document

Proposed fire and rescue services inspection programme and framework – 2020/21 (PDF document)

Respond to the consultation

Please forward all comments by 29 November 2019 by post or email:

Chief Operating Officer
c/o Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
6th floor, Globe House
89 Eccleston Square
London SW1V 1PN

HMICFRSfireinspectionprogramme@hmicfrs.gov.uk (e-mail address)

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