Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspected Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) in November 2018 (see HMICFRS overview of NFRS). This was carried out as part of a national programme to inspect all 45 fire and rescue services in England.
HMICFRS produced a report about NFRS which was published on 20 June 2019 which is available from the HMICFRS website. The report concentrates on three areas:
- Effectiveness – how effective is NFRS at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks
- Efficiency – how efficient is NFRS at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks
- People – how well does NFRS look after its staff
The HMICFRS award graded judgements for each section, based on the evidence that they find are categories into the following judgements:
- Requires improvement
A resulting report for NFRS identified two “ causes of concern” about availability of fire engines and the management of training for critical safety skills. The Service launched an improvement action plan which ensured that the concerns raised by HMICFRS were addressed and measures were put into place to record progress. The Service also published copies of the action plans which NFRS made available in August 2019. These plans have been fully implemented.
HMICFRS re-inspected the Service in March 2020 and found significant improvements in both areas had been made. The inspection team have informed the Service that they do not intend to re-inspect the Service in regard of the causes of concern. The letter provided by HMICFRS following their inspection is available on the HMICFRS website.