The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the future role of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), as it adapts to meet new challenges. The overriding purpose of SFRS will remain the protection of communities, preventing fires and reducing their impact on society while maintaining the safety and mental wellbeing of staff. However, the consultation is also asking the public about the increasing impact of climate change and the need for SFRS to take account of greater risks from flooding and wildfires.
Other key issues in the consultation on an updated Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland include:
- use of new technology and modernisation of facilities and equipment
- effective use of resources
- keeping rural communities safe
The consultation paper is available from the Scottish Government website, and participants can fill in the online form to give their views. The consultation closes on 22 December 2021.
Source: Scottish Government, 29 September 2021