Humberside Fire is “effective, efficient and inclusive”, according to new inspection

The fire and rescue service has been recently rated in an inspection.

In the latest round of inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services, Humberside Fire has been rated as ‘Good’ across all three of its inspection criteria.

The report has highlighted that the service is good at preventing and responding to emergencies, good at efficiently spending its money and good at looking after its people.

The findings are an improvement from its last routine inspection in 2018 which suggested the service needed to do more in how it developed its workforce and increase the diversity of its employees.

Roy Wilsher, HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services said in the report:

“I am pleased with the performance of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service in keeping people safe and secure from fires and other risks. I commend the Service on the changes that it has made since our last inspection, and believe it is well placed to make continual improvements.”

Inspectors spent several weeks at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022 exploring areas of operational response, prevention and protection, as well as other support functions in the service, visiting locations, and interviewing its staff.

Welcoming the report was Humberside Fire’s Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Chris Blacksell:

“This is a comprehensive assessment that reflects positively the professionalism of our staff. I am incredibly proud of their dedication to the Service and to the communities we serve, and I would like to thank them for the hard work they do every single day.

“Our grading of ‘Good’ is testament to our staff’s commitment to providing the best possible
service to everyone who lives, works, and visits the Humber region. Our communities can be
assured that we prepare for and respond quickly and effectively to emergency incidents, and
that the service we provide is managed efficiently”.

The findings of the inspection where:

  • The Service is good at involving the local community in its work, which was evidenced in local response to its Community Risk Management Plan (formally known as Integrated Risk Management Plan).
  • The Service has an effective protection plan that prioritises the highest risk commercial premises in its area.
  • The Service has good financial management processes and continues to effectively manage in-year budgets and plans well for the future, highlighting and mitigating against any financial risks in an appropriate way.
  • The Service is working well with a range of other organisations to make sure that the service it gives the public is effective. It is using extra staff capacity, generated through a change in workforce shift patterns, in an effective way.
  • Staff understand and are very complimentary about the new wellbeing services offered to them.
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion are well understood throughout the Service.
  • The Service has set up a training and development matrix for all staff and developed a new performance and development review process.

Chair of Humberside Fire Authority, Councillor John Briggs said:

“I’m continually impressed by what the Service achieves, and I am proud of the professionalism and commitment of its staff. The report highlights Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is a great asset to all the communities it serves, local businesses and those visiting the area, and in conjunction with the Fire Authority, will continually strive to improve, even further, its value and services to the whole of the Humber region.”

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