Find out how SFRS is keeping communities safe at public meeting

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Chief Officer Alasdair Hay

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to hear how the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is working to keep communities safe – and ask any questions they might have.

Chair of the SFRS Board Pat Watters and Chief Officer Alasdair Hay (pictured) will speak at the SFRS Annual Ministerial Performance Review 2017 where Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing will be in attendance.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay will also give a specific presentation on Retained Delivery Service performance and field questions from Ministers and the public on this subject.

The review will be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 9am until 11.30am at the Press & Journal Lounge, Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club, Stadium Road in Inverness.

Pat Watters is Chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board.

He said: “It has been an incredible four years since the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was launched and we are extremely proud of all that has been achieved over that time.

“This is not only an opportunity for the Minister to witness that performance for herself but for members of the public to ask their own questions about their Service.

“We always encourage productive conversation, thoughts and ideas – and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone to this key event.”

Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing added: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s continued commitment to prevention, protection and response has played an important part in the decrease in the total number of fires in Scotland over the last decade. 

“This meeting allows Government and members of the public to look at the Service’s performance and is an excellent opportunity to update us on all of the work that has been done.

“It also gives our communities and stakeholders the chance to put their questions directly to the SFRS Board and gives us the chance to show our recognition of the vital service the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service does to keep us all safe.

“Our Fire Framework, published last year, sets out Scottish Ministers ambitions and priorities for a world leading fire and rescue service over the next few years, as we move out of the period of reform and into a period of transformation. The strategic priorities represent our high level ambition for what we want from a modern, skilled and dynamic fire and rescue service.

“We have asked SFRS to maintain a continued focus on prevention and partnership working, whilst exploring transformative change to enable it to continue to play its full part in securing the safety and wellbeing of individuals and communities across Scotland.”

Annual Performance Review document