FIRE Correspondent Catherine Levin reports on the reactions to the publication of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report and finds that while the temptation is to retreat behind closed doors and find individual solutions to the recommendations, a joined-up approach is the only way forward.
The State of Fire is the first report of its kind and a milestone in Fire Service history. FIRE Correspondent Catherine Levin reports on the 160-page document that summarises the view of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire and Rescue, Sir Tom Winsor, based on the inspection of 45 fire and rescue services in England.
Originally scheduled to be published alongside the HMICFRS’s tranche 3 report in December, it was pushed back to January 15 and, unlike the tranche reports, it is laid in parliament fulfilling HMICFRS’s obligations under the amended Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. Remember that the Policing and Crime Act 2017 created the new inspection regime, reviving a process that had been dormant for a decade.