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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are pleased to welcome inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) this week. Fire and Rescue Services around the country are all being inspected over a two year period as part of a drive to check efficiency and effectiveness.

HMICFRS was formed in 2017 and is now providing the first independent inspection of fire and rescue services in over a decade. West Yorkshire was one of the three services to take part in the pilot inspections, which took take place in spring 2018.

The inspections will aim to help establish good practice and areas of success and innovation alongside any issues that might need improvement. The inspection will focus around three main areas: effectiveness, efficiency and people. Fire and Rescue Services will then be graded in the following categories: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. This is the same approach taken with police forces in England and Wales.

Chief Officer at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service John Roberts said: “We are confident about the service we provide here at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to our local communities. However we are always looking to hear ways we can improve and grow as a service and look forward to working with HMICFRS.”

“The inspectors will spend this week with us, viewing various departments and stations, and speaking with our staff about their work here. We remain convinced that the results from the inspections – both of ours and others across the country – will improve the fire and rescue service for the ultimate benefit of the public.”

The inspection report will be published in winter 2019.