Independent Inspection of Northern Ireland FRS.

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Dear Department of Health (Northern Ireland),

It has been made public that HM Fire Service Inspectorate (HMFSI) Scotland has been commissioned by the NI Health Minister Northern, to undertake an independent inspection of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

As a result of the above announcement the following matters are requested under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the NIFRS Inspection.

1. Is HM Chief Inspector of Scottish FRS leading the Inspection of NIFRS?
2. When is the inspection due to commence and to be completed?
3. What financial contribution is being paid to HMFSI Scotland for the inspection?
4. Is it correct that HM Chief Inspector, Scotland is intending to use a private sector consultant (ex FRS officer) to complete all or some of the above work?
5. What is the cost of the private sector consultant undertaking all/some of the inspection of NIFRS?
6. Did HM Chief Inspector, Scotland seek alternative tenders for the engagement of a private sector consultant to undertake the NIFRS review/inspection?
7. Have Department of Health NI been approved the engagement of a private sector consultant to undertake all/some of the above inspection?
8. Please name the inspection team?
9. Where will the report be published?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Libbie France

DoH FOI, Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

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Please see attached acknowledgement of receipt of your request.






Joyce McGrattan

Information Management Branch

Department of Health (NI)


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McKenna, Karen, Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Ms France


Please find attached letter in respect of your FOI request.




Karen McKenna

Local Information Manager