HMICFRS (His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) is an independent body in the UK that inspects and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of fire and rescue services. They provide assessments on the quality of services provided to the public against a number of areas, ensuring that services are efficiently and effectively delivered.

The objectives of the inspections are:

  • Improve the services provided by the FRS to ensure they reduce the risks identified by local communities.
  • Identify good practice, transformation, and areas for improvement.
  • Improve transparency and accountability to the communities they serve.

GMFRS was first inspected by HMICFRS in 2018/19 and subsequently in 2021/22. Our most recent inspection was carried out in autumn 2023 and published in March 2024 (internal webpage).

Below is a summary of our grading from these three rounds of inspections:

  • 2018/19 – 3 good, 7 requires improvement, 1 inadequate. 21 areas for improvement
  • 2021/22 – 6 good and 5 requires improvement. 16 areas for improvement
  • 2023/24 – 10 goods and 1 adequate. 2 areas for improvement

Each report can be found via the following links:

2018/19 – GMFRS Round 1 – HMICFRS (

2021/22 – GMFRS Round 2 – HMICFRS (

2023/24 – GMFRS Round 3 – HMICFRS (