NFCC Chair takes a look back at 2018 and looks forward to 2019

In his last blog of 2018, NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher takes a look back at 2018 and also looks forward to 2019 and what is on the horizon for the sector. 

He writes: "This time last year I wrote in my blog that 2018 promises to be another busy year, I wasn’t wrong.  Although many of the main strategic issues remain familiar, the work and change agenda they herald continue to gather pace.  2018 has been a year of achievement for the UK Fire and Rescue Services, but also a year of further change, some uncertainty, some frustration and some criticism.

"The Kerslake report brought some criticism of Fire and Rescue, but also a recognition of excellent foundations such as the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles, which the Fire Service has played an integral role in developing.  Then through the moorland and heath fires of the hot summer we saw Fire and Rescue services at their best with national support and interoperability given at a moment’s request.

"But foremost in all our minds has been the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry, I cannot imagine there is fire and rescue service colleague who doesn’t think about the events of that night on a regular basis.  I know I am a member of the Expert Panel and I am heavily involved in progressing the Hackitt recommendations, but there is not a day that goes by where I do not think about what I might have done if I had been called to that horrendous and tragic incident."

 The NFCC Chair also discusses the inspectorate reports, Hackitt Review and looks forward to 2019. He also took the opportunity to champion the Fire Tones for Christmas number one and "I wish you, your families and loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a very happy and successful 2019." 

 December 2018 blog

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