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Improvements in culture made by Gloucestershire fire service

In a report published today (January 20), inspectors have welcomed the progress made by Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS).

His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) acknowledges that the service has improved the way it looks after its people since the last inspection.

Inspectors saw signs that the workplace culture is improving, and there is 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 progress.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for fire, said: "I am pleased to see HMICFRS 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.

"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 service of how important equality, diversity and inclusion is.

"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 and values and actively welcome and celebrate diversity in all its forms."

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