SFRS - the plain facts

Many public comments have been made recently about the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service which are broad brush and largely inaccurate. When this happens we will always take steps to bring you the plain facts.

CLAIM 1 - 'THE SINGLE SERVICE HAS NOT BEEN A SUCCESS…’

  • SFRS has attended every emergency call – we have never failed to turn up to any incident
  • Attended over 90,000 incidents in 2016/17
  • 334,767 home fire safety visits carried out from 2013 to 2017
  • 271,027 smoke alarms installed in homes from 2013 to 2017
  • 94% of the Scottish public trust the Service “a lot”*
  • 89% of the Scottish public think SFRS is an efficient public service*

* Mori, Survey of 1000 Scottish adults, May 2017

CLAIM 2 - ‘…SHOW US THE EVIDENCE’ 

  • Total number of fires down 40% in the last decade
  • Fire casualties down 31% in last decade
  • Fires accounted for less than one third (30 per cent) of all incidents in 2016/17
  • Accidental dwelling fires fallen from 5,072 in 2016 to 4,926 in 2017

CLAIM 3 - ‘OVER 700 FIREFIGHTER POSITIONS HAVE BEEN LOST SINCE 2013’ 

  • Since 2013 there has been a reduction of 138 firefighter posts
  • SFRS continues to recruit wholetime, RDS and control firefighters
  • Scotland now has more retained firefighters than ever before  
  • SFRS maintains a no compulsory redundancy policy

CLAIM 4 - 'SFRS HAS NOT ENGAGED THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION’

  • SFRS has formally met with the FBU on over 20 separate occasions since June 2017
  • The Service has been pressing the FBU repeatedly to reach agreement on harmonising Ts&Cs
  • SFRS has shared proposals for transformation with the FBU

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