Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service: Cause of concern revisit letter
Between March and May 2021, we inspected Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). During that inspection, we identified one cause of concern:
- By 31 August 2021, the service should:
- have a plan in place to manage the backlog of outstanding site-specific risk visits;
- make sure that it regularly updates risk information on mobile data terminals, so that firefighters responding to incidents can see the most up-to-date information;
- make sure that the systems it has in place to share risk-critical safety information between departments are effective; and
- review the plans it has in place to undertake site-specific risk visits to make sure they are achievable with quality assurance and strategic oversight arrangements in place.
Cornwall FRS submitted an action plan setting out how it would address the area of concern and the recommendations.
Between 16 and 19 January 2023, we revisited the service to review progress on their action plan. In our inspections, if we identify a more serious, critical or systemic shortcoming in a force or service’s practice, policy or performance, we will report it as a cause of concern. A cause of concern will always be accompanied by one or more recommendations.
This letter provides an update on our findings.