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Positive progress of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service recognised

Published
18.03.2021

An audit report has recognised the hard work of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) as it continues to make positive progress in its improvement journey.

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The latest report by Audit Risk Assurance (ARA) praised GFRS for making positive progress despite the ‘significant pressures’ posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It said there was a ‘strong drive’ to complete the implementation of internal audit recommendations.

It adds: “Internal Audit recognises the hard work that GFRS continues to place in addressing the audit recommendations in a timely manner, particularly prioritising and focusing on these actions during the pandemic, which has not been an easy task and demonstrates a strong commitment to driving good governance within GFRS.”

The GFRS Improvement Board has confirmed that out of the 124 actions they identified to address the 118 audit recommendations, 100 have now been implemented, eight are in progress and 16 are in progress within the wider GCC organisation.

It shows the progress made since October last year, when 78 actions had been implemented, 17 were in progress and 29 were awaiting feedback.

Wayne Bowcock, Chief Fire Officer, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many extra challenges but we are committed to implementing the remaining recommendations as soon as possible. I’m pleased to see the report has recognised the hard work that has gone into this and the positive progress we are making.”

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to make great strides forward in its improvement journey. I’m pleased the report has acknowledged its hard work and positive progress as it has shown a strong commitment to addressing the problems of the past and is very much heading in the right direction.”

The latest report will be presented to the county council’s audit and governance committee on 25 March and can be viewed here.

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