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Public accountability meeting – May 2019

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This meeting will focus on equality and diversity in the fire and rescue service and police custody.

This month’s subjects were chosen as inspections of fire and rescue services across England have found that most needed to do more to promote diversity of the workforce and a positive culture. In his recent 100-day report since taking over as Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Brodie identified:

“Parts of our workforce aren’t diverse enough, most starkly the low numbers of firefighters who are women and the consequent dearth of women in senior firefighter roles. Colleagues recognise the desire to diversify the workforce but misunderstand why it’s necessary, often citing that ‘we just need the best person for the job’. The need to widen the spectrum of people who choose to apply is understood poorly and further education is needed on the benefits of positive action.”

At this meeting, the Chief Fire Officer will report on progress and plans to address equality and diversity issues within the service.

Chief Constable Lisa Winward and her team will report on the impact of the reduction in custody suites and new bail rules. They will also provide an insight into the journey through the custody process to highlight where improvements have been or can be made.

Meeting overview

This month’s meeting focuses on:

Fire – Equality, diversity and inclusion
Police – Custody, arrests and voluntary attendees

Ask a question

The full procedure for asking questions at this meeting is available here: Procedure for public questions

  • To ask a question in advance 
    Send your question to info@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk before midday on Friday 24 May, please include your name and address with your question.
  • To ask a question during the meeting using Twitter
    To ask a question during the live broadcast, post your question on Twitter using #NYscrutiny


No. Time Item Purpose Lead
1 13:30 Attendance and apologies To note attendance and apologies: Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner
2 13:32 Minutes of previous meeting & Actions To discuss and agree the draft minutes of the previous meeting held on 30 April 2019 and to discuss the action log. All
3 13:37 Questions from the public To address questions raised by the public in advance in relation to the agenda. Police Fire & Crime Commissioner
4 13:40 NYFRS Thematic: Equality, diversity and inclusion
5 14:15 NYP Thematic: Custody, arrests and voluntary attendees
7 Performance / Outcome Updates Performance and outcome updates
7a North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
7b North Yorkshire Police
8 15:35 Questions on Twitter To address questions raised by the public in relation to the agenda. All
9 15:45 Any other business All
10 15:55 Date of next meeting 25 June 2019 at 13:30hrs, Alverton Court, NYP HQ

Meeting papers