HMICFRS Inspection of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Report states that ‘the Service is effective at keeping people safe and secure’

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services’ (HMICFRS) has published its inspection report into Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS).

The HMICFRS report grades the Service on three separate areas of work: Effectiveness, Efficiency and People.

BFRS has been judged as ‘good‘ for Effectiveness and ‘requires improvement’ for the areas of ‘Efficiency’ and ‘People’.

Paul Fuller CBE QFSM DL, chief fire officer, said:

“I am delighted that the HMICFRS recognise that BFRS is good at effectively delivering services to local communities.

“I also welcome the areas for improvement identified within the report, which is an important part of gaining learning from the process.”

BFRS says that the report recognises that the Service has developed its budget using realistic planning and that the wellbeing, training and fitness of staff are priorities for the Service.

The areas of improvement identified within the report are being addressed in an action plan to deliver improvements by the Service. Paul Fuller said:

“Over the coming months the Service will work, with support from its partners to address the areas of improvement identified within the report.

“I would like to thank all staff and partners who participated in the inspection process for their support and hard work, now and going forward, as we strive to keep our communities in Bedfordshire safe.”