Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service praised in audit report


An audit report has praised Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) for taking action to implement more than 100 internal audit recommendations.


The latest report by Audit Risk Assurance (ARA) said all of its recommendations have been actioned or are being progressed which is a ‘commendable achievement’.

It praised GFRS for its hard work in focusing on these actions and for making positive progress despite the ‘significant pressures’ posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It added there was a ‘strong drive’ to complete the implementation of the internal audit recommendations.

The report said: “As at May 2021, the GFRS Improvement Board confirmed that all ARA recommendations have been actioned and/or are being progressed through an appropriate route – which is a commendable achievement.”

The GFRS Improvement Board confirmed that out of the 124 actions they identified to address the 118 audit recommendations, 122 have now been implemented, one is in progress and the other is in progress within the wider GCC organisation.

It shows the progress made since February this year, when 100 actions had been implemented, eight were in progress and 16 were in progress within GCC.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Preece said: “I’m delighted this report recognises the hard work that has gone into implementing these recommendations and the positive action we have taken. This completes one of the key priorities of our improvement journey and enables us to continue our work to ensure we provide the best service to the communities of Gloucestershire.”

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has shown great commitment to address the problems of the past and move forward. This report reflects the progress it has made and I have no doubt that we will continue to see further improvements.”

The latest report was presented to the county council’s audit and governance committee on 30 July and can be viewed here.

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