Her Majestry's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces, in the public interest. In summer 2017, HMIC took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services and became Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). HMICFRS is responsible for assessing and reporting on the efficiency, effectiveness and leadership of fire and rescue services, in the public interest.
HMICFRS inspected Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) for the first time in the summer of 2018.
The full report is available on the HMICFRS website.
In this report HIMCFRS state that “the Service is effective at keeping people safe
and secure”; overall BFRS was assessed as Good for its effectiveness. The inspection process also identified a number of areas for improvement. BFRS has published four documents in response to the report’s findings; a "report highlights" document that celebrates what the service is good at and action plans that address the areas for improvement in the three key inspection areas.
Read our reaction to the HMICFRS report here.
A second inspection was undertaken in 2020 to look at how Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. A letter detailing the inspectors findings is available on the HMICFRS website.