In the last issue of FIRE there was a focus on culture in the fire sector and scrutiny of how it looks after its people following the publication of the Independent Culture Review of London Fire Brigade in November 2022. The Fire Brigade Union (FBU), and the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) both commented on the findings, voicing concern for the people involved and support for the fire sector going forward. The FBU stated: ‘We have raised concerns about many of the issues contained within this report historically and as a consequence we remain sceptical about the changes senior leaders will implement with regards to their own behaviours’. Chair of the AFSA, Dalwinder Rai, said: “We pledge to review the report in detail and reflect and redouble our efforts nationally and regionally to support cultural transformation.”

Furthermore, NFCC Chair Mark Hardingham reminded us that the NFCC has “a clear Core Code of Ethics and equality, diversity and inclusion are woven throughout the standards, products and guidance”, and that the NFCC will be redoubling its efforts to ensure this information is relevant and accessible to all services. He stated that: “All products are designed for all staff in the fire sector, no matter the role, contract type or location.”


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