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Response to the Independent Culture Review of London Fire Brigade

Posted on 26 November 2022

London Fire Brigade's Independent Culture Review has been published which has found a 'culture of racism and misogyny' in the Brigade.

The independent report was chaired by Nazir Afzal OBE and listened to 2,000 current and former members of staff and community groups. The review was commissioned after a firefighter in development, Jaden Matthew Francois-Esprit, tragically took his own life in August 2020.

As a Service we acknowledge the report and our Chief Fire Officer, Craig Parkin, has reaffirmed that there is no place for discrimination, harassment or bullying in the fire and rescue service.

We will be taking the opportunity to study the report and its recommendations carefully to help with our own equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) improvement journey.

Following an external review into EDI in the organisation in September 2021 and the recommendations we were given, work is already ongoing against the 12-point action plan we put in place.

Although our recent HMICFRS inspection saw us improve in how we treat our people and ensuring fairness and promoting diversity, we are not complacent about the need to learn and improve so we can best reflect and serve our communities.