National Fire Chiefs Council Chair Mark Hardingham reports on recent activity including reviewing the Manchester Arena Inquiry recommendations, responding to attacks on firefighters, giving evidence to the Select Committee on culture, equality and diversity, and addressing mental health challenges.
At the time of writing, we are expecting the Manchester Arena Inquiry to publish its Volume II report. My first thoughts will always be with the families and friends of those who lost their lives, along with those who suffered life-changing injuries on the terrible evening of May 22, 2017.
The report will consider the evidence given to the inquiry and the preparedness of each emergency service to respond to a marauding terrorist firearms attack.
It is essential all involved take and carefully consider the report’s recommendations and continue working together to address the failings on the night. We need to ensure all emergency service partners learn together from every incident we attend and meet risks as they emerge.
Following the 2018 publication of the Kerslake Review, NFCC committed to addressing its recommendations through national areas of work. We will review the findings of Volume II and put further workstreams in place to ensure new areas identified are acted upon.