In summer 2017, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) began inspecting the efficiency and effectiveness of all fire and rescue services in England.
Formerly known as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the name was changed to reflect the addition of fire and rescue services.
HMICFRS independently assesses fire and rescue services on how we prevent, protect against and respond to fires and other emergencies as well as how well we look after our staff.
Between summer 2018 and Autumn 2019, HMICFRS will inspect all 45 fire and rescue services across England for the first time.
We are expecting an inspection at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in Spring 2019.
The inspection aims to provide you with the information you need to compare Essex County Fire and Rescue Service with other fire and rescue services across England. It focuses on three key areas – the operational service we provide to you, our efficiency and our organisational effectiveness.
Following each inspection, HMICFRS publishes a public report of its findings.
Formal report following Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Peer Review
In October 2018 a team of colleagues from other Fire and Rescue services and the Local Government Association visited ECFRS and met with more than 150 colleagues during a series of timetabled interviews, focus groups and station visits.
The report provides honest and constructive feedback on the Service, highlighting strengths and suggesting areas where there is room for improvement.
The report will now be used to drive forward improvements.