A REPORT from North Yorkshire's chief fire officer on his first 100 days in office has been published by North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

It follows the change in governance from the Fire Authority to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in November last year, and significant changes in the leadership at the fire and rescue service itself.

Mrs Mulligan said: “I thank Interim Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie for his excellent leadership in his first 100 days, which I know frontline firefighters have appreciated too.

“More importantly, his findings are insightful and certainly give me food for thought moving forward. The report speaks for itself, but it is hard to disagree with his views on the chronic underinvestment in the service, which hasn’t only affected the quality of buildings, kit and equipment in use, but in some instances, also a culture of distrust. We are making progress on these issues, but more time, money and hard work is needed to address them properly.

“I will be publishing the first Fire and Rescue Plan for North Yorkshire soon, which will set the priorities for the next two years. Thank you to all those who took part in the consultation, which has helped shape and focus the plan. I look forward to working with Andrew to put that plan into action and setting a strong foundation for a bright future for the fire and rescue service.”

Interim Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie said:

“My first 100 days has been a fascinating and eye-opening time, and I have enjoyed every minute. I’m part of a fantastic team and workforce, we all want the best for North Yorkshire.

“There are though things which need to change, and I have made that clear in my report. I have also set out a vision of what I know the dedicated and professional staff can achieve.”

The report is available on the Commissioner’s website at www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/news/100dayreport