1. Introduction Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
2. Executive Summary Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
3. Policy, Strategy and Planning Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4. Analysis of Performance Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.1 Fire Safety Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.2 Community Fire Safety Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.3 Service Delivery Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.4 Standards of Fire Cover Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.5 Operations Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.6 Personnel Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.7 Training and Development Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.8 Mobilising and Communications Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.9 Health and Safety Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.10 Information Technology Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
4.11 Appliances and Operational Equipment Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
5. Summary of Recommendations Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
6. Previous Recommendations Ã§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂÃ§ÂÂ
1.1 ThePrincipal Inspection of South Wales Fire Service was conducted between August andSeptember 1999 and included a formal visit to the Service from 20 - 24 September1999. The inspection was led by Her Majesty's Inspector J G Russel, assisted by HerMajesty's Inspector C R Moseley and Senior Divisional Officer M J Hagen. Members ofthe Inspection Support Group provided additional support with data retrieval and analysis. The contribution made by officers of the District Audit Service and the Health &Safety Executive is also acknowledged.
1.2 TheSouth Wales Fire Authority includes representatives from the ten unitary authorities ofBlaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport,Rhondda Cynon Taff, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan and provides fire safety servicesand operational fire cover through South Wales Fire Service. The Authority area has avaried risk profile with 'A' risk in parts of the city centre of Cardiff tolarge rural areas. The resident population of the Brigade area is approximately 1,405,000with main centres of population around Cardiff, Newport and the ribbon developments alongthe valleys.
1.3Within this report reference is made to relevant recorded outcomes and performanceachieved by South Wales Fire Service. Comparison is made with the data held for other firebrigades and any evidence produced by the Service to support the appropriateness of itsrelative position is taken into account. Comment is made about the outcome of this...