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WFRS HMICFRS Inspection Report

Meeting: 17/02/2022 - Cabinet (Item 3)

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A report that presents the HMICFRS Inspection Report for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and seeks endorsement of the HMICFRS Action Plan together with agreement of the resources outlined to deliver the Action Plan and required improvements.


Portfolio Holder – Councillor Andy Crump

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In the absence of Councillor Andy Crump (Portfolio Holder for Fire & Rescue and Community Safety), Councillor Isobel Seccombe (Leader of the Council) presented this report, which presented the HMICFRS Inspection Report and the Action Plan that had been produced in response to the three Causes of Concerns issued by HMICFRS during their inspection the previous summer.  As Leader, Councillor Seccombe had previously approved the Action Plan through the urgent decision making process and endorsement of the plan was now sought.  The paper also detailed the resources required to deliver the improvements set out in the Action Plan.  Councillor Seccombe advised that action was required to address all the causes for concern, but she particularly noted that progress towards embedding cultural improvements in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion would be a legacy to the former Chief Fire Officer, the late Kieran Amos.


Councillor Jerry Roodhouse noted that the report would also be considered by the IRMP Assurance Panel and he would provide comments at that meeting.  He did not consider that the report was surprising as the service had been through challenging and difficult times.  He noted that the IT data system was being replaced and he asked whether there was opportunity for elected members to support the protection work in their roles as community leaders.  Councillor Seccombe noted that there would be a role for local members and expressed her hope that the portfolio holder and Chief Fire Officer would give consideration to how elected members could provide support and take forward any opportunities identified.



That Cabinet:

1.               Notes the HMICFRS Inspection Report for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service; and

2.               Endorses the HMICFRS Action Plan for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service attached at Appendix 2 to the report.