Fire service welcome HMICFRS Inspection team

Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is set to welcome Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) this week as it takes part in the first set of the national inspection programme.

Inspectors will be welcomed to Warwickshire on Monday 2 July where they meet with the Chief Fire Officer, Andy Hickmott, before heading out to stations to interview firefighters and officers from across the Fire and Rescue Service and the wider County Council. As part of the inspection, the team will focus on three key themes:

• How effective the Service is at preventing, protecting against and responding to fire and other risks;

• Whether the Service provides value for money; and

• How well the Service looks after its people and ensures fairness and diversity.

The inspection framework was published by HMICFRS in March 2018 and sets out how the efficiency and effectiveness of England’s 45 fire and rescue services will be assessed in 2018/19.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services, Chief Fire Officer, Andy Hickmott said:

“Warwickshire Fire and Rescue is one of the first fire and rescue services to be visited as part of a national inspection programme. The inspectors have already been on site to undertake their initial engagement and discovery which forms part of the inspection process review and will now be with us for the next week to look further at how we deliver our services to the residents of Warwickshire.

“We are committed to ensuring that we deliver the best service we can for our communities and being open and transparent plays a key part in that. We therefore welcome the inspection as an opportunity to showcase our commitment to keeping communities safer.”

Following the inspections in the first tranche of 15 fire and rescue services, the HMICFRS will provide graded judgments back to all of the services in their final inspection reports. This will help the public to see how well we are performing and where we need to do more work. We anticipate receiving the final report on Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in November 2018.

For more information on the HMIC Inspection process, log onto: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/fire-and-rescue-services