Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service: Causes of concern revisit letter
Between June and July 2022, we inspected Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). During that inspection, we identified two areas of concern:
- At the time of our inspection, the service didn’t have clarity about its future governance arrangements. This means the service had not clarified its financial position beyond 1 April 2023, when Cumbria County Council will cease to exist.
- At the time of our inspection, the service couldn’t assure us that staff were maintaining risk-critical skills.
Cumbria FRS submitted an action plan setting out how it would address the areas of concern and the recommendations.
In March 2023, we received further updates from Cumbria FRS on the action plan.
This letter provides an update on our findings.