Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are set to welcome Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) as they take part in a pilot inspection this spring.

The Service, alongside Suffolk and West Yorkshire, was asked to take part in the pilot scheme and Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Becci Bryant accepted the invitation. Since agreeing to take part the Service has helped HMICFRS during their consultation period, providing detailed information to help shape the framework for the inspection programme.

Inspectors will be welcomed to the Service during the week commencing Monday April 16 where they will focus on three main themes:

  • how effective the Service is at preventing, protecting against and responding to fire and other risks; 
  • whether the Service provides value for money; and 
  • how well the Service looks after its people and ensures fairness and diversity.

CFO Bryant said: “As a Service we are absolutely committed to continuing to improve and develop, to make sure we are providing the best possible service we can to our communities.

“We are here to provide a service to the public so it is only right that wherever you live, you can see how your local fire and rescue service is performing and spending public money.

“We are really pleased to be involved in the groundbreaking pilot inspections; it gives us a fantastic opportunity to help HMICFRS define their future inspection process and we look forward to welcoming them back to Staffordshire in 2019 for our first formal inspection.

“Being open and transparent is essential to the important role we play in keeping our communities safe. It is satisfying to know that our part in the pilot scheme will help shape the future inspections, and that next year our first inspection report will be published so our communities can see how we’re performing and where we need to do more work.”

The inspection framework was published by HMICFRS on March 29 2018 and sets out how the efficiency and effectiveness of England’s 45 fire and rescue services will be assessed in 2018/19.

Following the pilot inspections this spring, HMICFRS will provide graded judgments in its future inspection reports, which will help the public see how well their fire and rescue service is performing.