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South Wales Fire Service chief quits after report finds men within service ‘sent inappropriate messages’ to female colleagues | UK News

A fire chief has said he will resign after the publication of a report into his service’s culture.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer, Huw Jakeway, said he was “profoundly sorry” to colleagues who had “negative experiences”.

The review into the service’s culture was led by Fenella Morris KC and the report includes more than 80 recommendations.

Those recommendations include a campaign “to make it clear that sexual harassment of female members of staff… is unacceptable”.

The report found there were “men in all parts of the service who message women in the service inappropriately, often to initiate a sexual relationship”.

Mr Jakeway said there were “too many examples within the report that do not reflect positively on the service”.

Having served as chief fire officer for more than 12 years, Mr Jakeway said it was now time for a “change in leadership”.

He has informed the fire authority he intends to retire but that it would “not detract from or delay the work to address the recommendations”.

“I am confident through a collective commitment across the service and with assistance from partners, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service will emerge with a more positive and inclusive culture,” he wrote in an open letter.

The authors of the report said the service had “refused to publish a photo of its firefighters taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement”.

“We do not understand that stance and are concerned that such resistance sends the message that the service is not truly commited to combating racism,” they said.

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This notice was published: 2024-01-03 13:00:00

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