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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the practical implications of outdated and inflexible working arrangements in the fire service, reinforcing the need for national reform, a new report has said.

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The London Fire Brigade still has more work to do to fully address its failings from the Grenfell Tower fire, a new report has found.

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Today we published a letter on the London Fire Brigade’s progress against a cause of concern we gave in our inspection in 2019.

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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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The Home Secretary has commissioned HMICFRS to review the governance and progress of London Fire Brigade’s action plan to implement the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report.

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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.