In March 2018, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) announced the intention to inspect all 45 fire and rescue services in England in three sets, beginning in summer 2018 and concluding in autumn 2019.
It was the first independent inspection into fire and rescue services for 12 years. HWFRS was one of only two fire and rescue services in the West Midlands inspected as part of the first tranche.
The inspection involved reviewing the Service's policies, plans and procedures, the submission of a Position Statement and Self-Assessment completed by the Chief Fire Officer, and a fieldwork phase over one week in July 2018. During the fieldwork, inspectors visited every wholetime fire station and two on-call stations, held several focus groups with members of staff across the organisation and conducted interviews with senior managers.
You can view the whole report by HMICFRS via this link.
CFO Nathan Travis responds to the HMI report published in December of 2018.