A statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl in response to a report conducted by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS):

 “Sadly nothing in this report surprises me. It was crystal clear in 2017 long before the Chief Fire Officer resigned or Gloucestershire’s County Council’s auditors became involved that all was not well in Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service.  That was why with Home Office support and finance I prepared a report for the Police & Fire Minister which recommended a change of governance.  Unfortunately throughout the entire period the Council was in denial and rather than cooperate with the report attacked me at every opportunity.  I have huge respect for the firefighters and wish them well. I remain open minded about to who they should answer to; that is now a matter for the Home Secretary.”