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Today we published a letter from Sir Thomas Winsor to the London Fire Commissioner and the Chief Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service about the suggested pay increase connected to marauding terrorist attacks.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the practical implications of outdated and inflexible working arrangements in the fire service, reinforcing the need for national reform, a new report has said.

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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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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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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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Today, HMICFRS has published our second inspection programme of fire and rescue services. This sets out our programme of inspections for 2020/21.

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In his first annual assessment of fire and rescue services in England, Her Majesty’s Chief inspector of Fire and Rescue Services Sir Thomas Winsor acknowledges the strong commitment from firefighters to protect the communities they serve. The sector’s greatest strength is in how it responds to emergencies, with demonstration of a number of life-saving initiatives and a strong health and safety culture. However, the fire and rescue sector needs significant reform in several areas.

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HMICFRS has launched a consultation which welcomes views on our proposed fire and rescue services inspection programme and framework for the coming year. The consultation is open until Friday 29 November 2019.

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Most fire and rescue services are good at responding to emergencies, but there is too much variation in how well the public are protected, how quickly emergencies are responded to and how well services look after their staff, according to a new report.

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Most fire and rescue services are good at keeping the public safe from fire and other emergencies, but there are concerns about how services carry out protection duties and the environment in which their staff operate, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).