North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service: Causes of concern – progress letter
During March and May 2022, we inspected North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). During our inspection, we identified two causes of concern:
- The service doesn’t have in place robust processes to ensure transformation activities provide efficiency and effectiveness.
- The service doesn’t have in place adequate workforce planning processes. This means that areas such as safety-critical training, succession planning, absence and work-time management don’t support its current and future integrated risk management plan.
In January 2023, we carried out a revisit to review progress against the recommendations to address both causes of concern.
On 30 January 2023, North Yorkshire FRS submitted an action plan setting out how it would address the areas of concern and our recommendations. We reviewed the action plan, and in our letter of 19 April 2023, we acknowledged the progress the service was making.
Between 4 and 7 September 2023, we visited again to further review progress.
This letter summarises our findings.