Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) carried out their full second inspection of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) in February 2022.
HMICFRS produced a report about NFRS which was published on 27 July 2022 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 latest report states that the Inspectors identified the Service have made significant progress in Effectiveness – that’s how we respond to risk, prevent fires, and protect the public through regulation. In this category, we have moved from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘Good’.
Efficiency is how we use our resources and make financial plans: in this area too, we are judged to have moved from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘Good’.
In the People pillar, which looks at values and culture however, we remain at ‘requires improvement’. The inspectorate also issued the Service a cause of concern within the People pillar, indicating the Service hadn’t made enough progress since the last inspection to improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The Service was required to produce an action plan to deal with the cause of concern. The action plan and further detail of the cause of concern (PDF 237KB) is available to view online.
The full report and other information around the HMICFRS inspection process can be found here.