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Improvements Needed At North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Improvements Needed At North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Published by Karen Liu at 12:01am 17th December 2019.

The first independent report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been released today.

The report rates three overall areas of the service, which are; effectiveness, efficiency and people.  

The service were rated as 'good' for effectiveness and 'requires improvement' for efficient and people.

Andrew Brodie, Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire, said:

"I think the report provides a fair and balanced view of our Service and there are no surprises for us in it, we'd already identified them since I started here in January. 

"I'm especially pleased that we've been recognised for the work we do to keep people safe from fire and other risks.

I hope this provides reassurance and confidence to our communities. Ensuring people can be safe and feel safe is our purpose as a fire service. 

There are some areas for improvements that have been identified and we've started work on these already.

We've worked hard to identify ways to balance our budget and hope to do so earlier than planned.

The next steps will identify further savings so we can invest in our staff, buildings, vehicles and equipment.

People are our greatest asset and the report recognises our commitment to staff welfare and wellbeing.

We know that we must improve the diversity of our staff and this is an area we'll continue to focus on.

We held special taster days for women as part of our recent wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign and we're planning to build on this for future recruitment.

We've kept in touch with women who were unsuccessful in the process and recently held an information and training day to help maintain their interest.

Our collaboration with North Yorkshire Police could provide opportunities to work together on this. 

I would like to thank to staff from across the service for all their work.

We've been through tremendous change in the last year and staff have remained committed throughout to delivering the best possible service to our communities."

Andrew added:

"In 2020, we will develop a new integrated risk management plan; and that will set out where risk is across York and North Yorkshire and how we're going to distribute our resources to manage that risk.

Also, the elements around diversity of workforce, for the first time in 10 years, we're recruiting brand new full-time firefighters into the organisation."

He has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

There are four scores that can be awarded by HMICFRS these are: Outstanding, Good, Requires improvement, Inadequate

HMICFRS fire report 2019

Commenting on the inspection report, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, said:

“This is a very helpful report, and comes at a good time as we work towards restoring the service’s finances, and look ahead to the future.  

Fundamentally, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue does a good job in keeping the public safe, so I am pleased that has been recognised.

However, some of the detail of the report makes concerning reading - for example it describes an urban focus around prevention and mitigating risk to the public.

The service also clearly needs to increase the number of visits made to people in their homes and to ensure the full range of safety advice is provided. 

However, in the past 12 months, we have made good progress. I have recruited a new senior leadership team in Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Brodie and his deputy, Jonathan Foster.

The Finance Working Group that I established has been able to reduce the budget shortfalls and we have had our first open recruitment for firefighters in ten years.

There is clearly a lot to do, but I’m confident we are in a much better place than 12 months ago and that we will be in a good position to develop the service in the future.

The biggest hurdle in our way at present is money and I urge the government to respond positively to the clear feedback provided on its budget consultation, as soon as possible.”

You can find the full report here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/fire-and-rescue-services/publications/

 

 

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