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Today we published two letters on Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and Northamptonshire FRS’s progress against causes of concern we gave in our inspection in 2019.

Publication  —  Revisit  — 

In December 2020, we reviewed your updated action plans for responding to your causes of concern. This letter sets out our assessment of these plans and next steps.

Publication  —  Revisit  — 

We made our second revisit to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) virtually between 22 and 26 February 2021. This letter gives an update on our findings about progress against Gloucestershire FRS’s action plan.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the practical implications of outdated and inflexible working arrangements in the fire service, reinforcing the need for national reform, a new report has said.

Publication  —  Annual reports  — 

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.

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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.

Publication  —  Fire & rescue services, Grenfell  — 

On 14 June 2017, a fire at Grenfell Tower, a high-rise residential building in North Kensington, West London, cost 72 lives. On 15 June 2017, the then Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, announced a public inquiry into the causes of the fire. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was set up to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire.

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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.

Publication  —  Fire & rescue services, Letter, Revisit  — 

We conducted an inspection of the London Fire Brigade virtually between August and December 2020. As part of our inspection of what progress London Fire Brigade is making to implement the recommendations in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report, we also considered the brigade’s progress to address the cause of concern we gave in our Round 1 inspection. 

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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.