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Cause of concern, Effectiveness, Letter  — 

During our inspection of London Fire Brigade between November 2021 and January 2022, we identified two causes of concern. This letter provides an update on our findings.

Ethics and accountability, Fire & rescue services, Integrity and corruption, Professional standards, Terms of reference, Thematic inspection  — 

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services will carry out an inspection of the handling of misconduct in fire and rescue services in England.

Cause of concern, Effectiveness, Fire & rescue services, Letter  — 

Between November 2021 and January 2022, we inspected London Fire Brigade and identified two causes of concern. This letter provides an update on our findings.

Effectiveness, Efficiency, Fire & rescue services, People  — 

This is the third time that HMICFRS has inspected fire and rescue services across England. Our focus is on the service they provide to the public, and the way they use the resources available. This includes: Devon and Somerset, Essex County, Gloucestershire, Humberside, Lancashire, London, Northampton, Norfolk, Nottingham, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Tyne and Wear, West Sussex and West Yorkshire.

Effectiveness, Efficiency, Fire & rescue services, People  — 

The inspection assesses how effectively and efficiently London Fire Brigade prevents, protects the public against and responds to fires and other emergencies. We also assess how well it looks after the people who work for the service.

Annual reports  — 

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services’ report to the Secretary of State under section 28B of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. It contains his assessment of the sector in England, based on the inspections we carried out during 2021.

Annual reports  — 

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services’ report to the Secretary of State under section 28B of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. It contains his assessment of the sector in England, based on the inspections we carried out during 2020.

Fire & rescue services, Grenfell  — 

On 14 June 2017, a fire at Grenfell Tower, a high-rise residential building in North Kensington, West London, cost 72 lives. On 15 June 2017, the then Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, announced a public inquiry into the causes of the fire. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was set up to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire.

Cause of concern, Fire & rescue services, Letter  — 

We conducted an inspection of the London Fire Brigade virtually between August and December 2020. As part of our inspection of what progress London Fire Brigade is making to implement the recommendations in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report, we also considered the brigade’s progress to address the cause of concern we gave in our Round 1 inspection. 

COVID-19, Fire & rescue services  — 

Summary In August 2020, the Home Secretary commissioned us to inspect how fire and rescue authorities in England responded to the COVID-19 outbreak and the numerous challenges it presents. Virtually, we inspected England’s 45 fire and rescue services from September to November 2020, focusing on their response during the initial outbreak of the pandemic. The