Responding to the pandemic: The fire and rescue service’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020
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 inspections examined these areas:
- what is working well and what is being learnt;
- how the fire and rescue sector is responding to the COVID-19 crisis;
- how fire and rescue services are dealing with the problems they face; and
- what changes are likely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The national report shows our overall findings on the sector’s preparation and response to the pandemic.
The 44 individual national service letters below give detailed findings and focus areas for improvement for each fire and rescue service.