Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been outlining its top priorities for the years ahead and wants people to give their views.
The service has put fire prevention and improving the safety of communities at the heart of its plans, including:
• identifying risks to people and communities so SFRS can target activity where it’s most needed
• reducing the number of emergency call outs to unwanted fire alarms
• playing a key role in preparing, planning for, responding to and recovering from major and catastrophic incidents and threats
• using the benefits of fire reform to find innovative ways to improve the safety of Scotland’s communities and embedding a prevention focus within the service
• developing operating systems throughout Scotland which are fit for purpose and meet local need.
In launching the Fire Framework, Minister for Community Justice and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse said: “Firefighters play a vital role in keeping our communities safe, doing a remarkable job in often challenging circumstances. The number of fires attended in 2014/15 dropped to a ten-year low due in large part to their commitment and dedication to prevention and education work in Scotland’s communities.
“We are consulting widely on the draft framework and want to hear from as many people as possible to help shape the document, which will set out the main priorities for the SFRS.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: “The national framework provides an opportunity to look to ways the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service can play an even greater role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our communities. We are already working with partners in health, social care and other blue light services to deploy our capabilities into new preventative and life-saving areas, and the framework encourages us to extend that further.
To take part in the consultation online visit consult.scotland.gov.uk/fire-and-rescue/fire-and-rescue-framework.