South Wales Councils Respond to Investigation of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Thursday, 04 January 2024

In response to the publication of the independent investigation of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the 10 councils that operate in the South Wales area have issued the following statement:


As the leaders of councils in the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service area, we are extremely shocked and concerned to see the findings from the independent investigation into the working culture in the Service. The report is a damning reflection of some horrific instances of unacceptable and shocking behaviour that can never be accepted in the workplace and we thank the review team and all those who contributed their experiences to the review. 


Such behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated and we will be seeking urgent assurances from the Fire and Rescue Authority that all recommendations made by the review team are fully implemented, not only in words but through clear actions and communications. 


There is a need, and indeed a right, for all employees and the public to expect and receive high standards of behaviour from firefighters and other staff as public servants.  Through our links with the Authority we will be seeking such assurances and a meeting with the Chair to discuss our concerns and expectations for moving forward. 


We will also ensure our scrutiny processes are seeking regular feedback and will scrutinise progress being made in changing culture and practices. 


We are keen to work with the Service and Authority to make the necessary changes as we learn from and address the findings from this damning report.  


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