Transforming Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Our ambition is to be a county council run Fire and Rescue Service that provides the highest standards of community safety and emergency response services to the communities of Gloucestershire.
GFRS began a transformation journey following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in 2019, which produced a number of findings and recommendations concerning the Service’s culture, leadership, management and staff development. Whilst substantial areas have been addressed so far through determined enthusiasm, the journey is an ambitious long term programme of work across four years that seeks sustainable improvements.
Our Service Improvement Plan was developed to deliver on priorities such as revised recruitment and promotions processes; improved organisational culture with increased openness and diversity; an improved Health and Safety environment; embedding Fire Professional Standards in support of learning and development and the creation of the Community Risk Management Plan 2022 – 2026 designed to ensure we have the right resources, in the right place, at the right time.
Our continuing improvement journey has been supported through additional investment in resources to deliver on our priorities. Our latest 2021 HMICFRS inspection, the outcomes of which will be published in the Spring of 2022, will ensure we strive to give greater efficiency and effectiveness to our communities through collaborative working with Gloucestershire Constabulary and other partner agencies.