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HMICFRS culture review recommendations and actions

OPEN INFORMATION ITEM 7

1. Purpose of Report

  1. To inform GPWG Members of the progress made against the HMICFRS report into values and culture in fire and rescue services.

2. Recommendation

  1. That Members note the content of the report and progress made against the recommendations. 

3. Information and Analysis

  1. As background information, the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Fire commissioned HMICFRS to report on values and culture in FRS’s.  The report published in March 2023 details 35 timebound recommendations for the fire sector.  20 of these recommendations are for individual FRS’s. 
  2. Progress against the action plans is monitored by the Strategic Leadership Team and the Governance and Performance Working Group.  The Service also give an update to HMICFRS.
  3. Attached is the progress to date against the recommendations detailed in the HMICFRS report.  The Service cannot start work on 22 of the sub-actions, as it relies on national bodies to provide guidance and information. 

4. Further Considerations

  1. None.

This report has been consulted upon and approved by the following officers:

Strategic Leadership Team 

Contact Officer:     Davinder Johal    Contact No:  07799 133636

Background Papers:
HMICFRS Report: Values and culture in fire and rescue services HMICFRS Report 

Appendix 1

HMICFRS Values and Culture Action Plan Summary Report as of 1 November 2023

  • Open - Actions on going on track: 15
  • Open - Actions on going off track: 2
Summary Sub actions Deadline date Status Overall %
AFI 1 - The service should develop a clear prevention strategy targeting people most at risk and make sure activity undertaken prioritises people most at risk 4 30 Sep 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 68
AFI 2 - The service should make sure it quality assures its prevention activity, so staff carry out safe & well visits to an appropriate standard 1 01 Apr 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 10
AFI 3 - The service should evaluate its prevention activity, so it understands what works 2 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 10
AFI 4 - The service should make sure it has appropriate plans in place to meet the risk-based inspection programme 6 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 6
AFI 5 - The service should make sure it has an effective quality assurance process, so staff carry out audits to an appropriate standard 1 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 60
AFI 6 - The service should evaluate its protection activity, so it understands what works 2 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 10
AFI 7 - The service should make sure it has an effective process to monitor and assure commanders of operational incidents 2 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 60
AFI 8 - The service should ensure it effectively monitors, reviews and evaluates the benefits and outcomes of any collaboration 4 01 Apr 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 100
AFI 9 - The service needs to ensure it makes best use of technology to improve its efficiency and effectiveness and make sure staff can use the technology competently 6 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 33
AFI 10 - The service should take early action to monitor working hours (including overtime) to improve staff wellbeing 4 31 Dec 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 46
AFI 11 - The service should make sure that annual fitness testing takes place consistently across the service. 3 30 Sep 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 68
AFI 12 - The service should make sure its workforce plan takes full account of the necessary skills and capabilities to carry out the community risk management plan 2 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 15
AFI 13 - The service should make sure that there is a consistent method of recording and monitoring all non-safety critical training 4 31 Mar 2024 Open - Actions on going off track 30
AFI 14 - The service should identify and overcome barriers to equal opportunity, so that its workforce better represents its community. This includes making sure staff understand the value of positive action and having a diverse workforce. 6 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 55
AFI 15 - The service should make sure that all staff are trained in equality, diversity and inclusion 3 31 Dec 2023 Open - Actions on going on track 43
AFI 16 - The service should ensure the selection and promotion process is fair and improve transparency to promote trust and confidence. 6 31 Mar 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 36
AFI 17 - The service should put in place an open and fair process to identify, develop and support high potential staff and aspiring leaders. 1 31 Mar 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 5