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5 March 2024 - Fire and Rescue Service - Oral evidence

Committee Home Affairs Committee
Inquiry Fire and Rescue Service

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Start times: 9:00am (private) 9:30am (public)


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Committee examines cultural failings in the fire and rescue service

The Home Affairs Committee holds an evidence session to examine the workplace culture in the Fire and Rescue Service, following on from the committee’s previous work on the culture in the police service.

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Fire and Rescue Service
Chief Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services
Former Chair at Independent Culture Review of London Fire Brigade
At 10:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Fire and Rescue Service
Director at Women in the Fire Service
Chief Executive Officer at Fire and Rescue Services Association
General Secretary at Fire Brigades Union

In 2022, the Values and Culture reports highlighted serious concerns over the workplace culture in at least 26 out 44 fire and rescue services in England, including claims of bullying, harassment and discrimination. There are concerns over reporting mechanisms for misconduct with the national staff survey revealing many incidents go unreported. Fire and rescue services still underrepresent the communities they serve, with 94.4% of staff being white compared to 80.7% of the working age population.

The session examines the conclusions and recommendations of recent reviews into the culture of the fire and rescue services, and the response of the service to these findings. It will see if there has been an improvement in the culture in recent years and ask whether further is needed, as well as examining potential barriers to this. 

Location

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

How to attend