The handling of misconduct in fire and rescue services

On 13 July 2023, the Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to undertake a thematic inspection of the handling of misconduct in fire and rescue services in England.

This commission builds on the findings in our spotlight report Values and culture in fire and rescue services, published in March 2023.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for this inspection include:

  • the extent to which services are identifying and investigating misconduct;
  • the effectiveness of misconduct processes and how consistently they are applied;
  • how confident fire and rescue service staff are in raising concerns and in misconduct processes; and
  • the role of fire and rescue authorities and other organisations in handling misconduct.

We will publish this report in due course and report our findings to the Home Secretary.