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Improvements in culture made by Fire and Rescue Service

Published
20.01.2023

In its report published today (Friday 20 January 2023), His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has welcomed the progress made by GFRS since its last inspection.

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HMICFRS acknowledges that the service has improved the way it looks after its people; that there are signs that the workplace culture is improving, and a growing understanding of the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

HMICFS acknowledges that during the revisit the service had prioritised work on improving its culture, increased the visibility and approachability of its leaders and has taken steps to ensure that there is clear access to wellbeing support.

A staff improvement focus group, established in August 2022, has helped to play a pivotal role in moulding the improvement journey. The service is actively pursuing engagement opportunities with the wider workforce including seeking out feedback and views on initiatives to ensure they are at the heart of our progress.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for fire, said: “I am pleased to see HMICFRS’s recognises the improvements the service has made in looking after its people. Hearing that most staff are starting to see small but positive changes is pleasing.

“Gloucestershire County Council has allocated £8million of funding to make sure crews have the best possible operational vehicles and equipment. By the middle of the year, suppliers will have been identified who will deliver almost £3million worth of new fire appliances and equipment in 2024, making sure crews have what is needed to respond to emergencies and protect communities across the county.”

“I know that Chief Fire Officer, Mark Preece, and his leadership team are committed to building and growing the improvements made so far, making sure they are lasting change for the service.”   

Mark Preece, Chief Fire Officer for GFRS, said: “I am pleased to see our progress has been reflected within the most recent report from HMICFRS.

“Our culture is improving and there is a growing understanding across all areas of the services how important equality diversity and inclusion is.

“I am proud of all the hard work and dedication shown by colleagues and what we have achieve as a fire and rescue service.

“We now need to build on this momentum to ensure that GFRS is a positive and welcoming place to work and that we have the right culture, values and actively welcome and celebrate diversity in all its forms.”

GFRS is  currently recruiting for on-call firefighters, if you want to help us to become a safer Gloucestershire and help us with our improvement journey find out ways to join our team by visiting Recruitment at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service - Glosfire

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