State of Fire and Rescue – The Annual Assessment of Fire and Rescue Services in England 2020

Summary

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.

This report draws on findings from inspections in the 45 fire and rescue services in England, to provide an overall view of the state of the fire and rescue sector.

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Report chapters

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Foreword

This section contains the background and reason for the report. It highlights unique considerations for this year’s report and explains how the report was compiled and created.

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Part 1: Overview

This section contains Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services’ assessment of the state of fire and rescue services in England. It draws on the inspections we have carried out this year. These include the Home Secretary’s commissions to assess how fire and rescue services are responding to the pandemic, and how the London Fire Brigade is responding to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 recommendations. They also include our work to consider how services are responding to the causes of concern we gave in Round 1 of our fire and rescue service inspections.

It also uses the findings and reports of other organisations, and other information and analysis available.

State of Fire and Rescue – Part 1: Overview (online HTML version)
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Part 2: Our inspections

This section provides an overview of the findings from the inspection activity we completed during 2020.

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Part 3: Our reports

This section sets out the full list of our fire and rescue publications in the period covered by this report.

State of Fire and Rescue – Part 3: Our reports (PDF document, 267 kB) (PDF document, 267 kB)
State of Fire and Rescue – Part 3: Our reports – Large font format (PDF document, 77 kB) (PDF document, 77 kB)

Annexes

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