Need to Transform

The 1947 Act of Parliament established fire services in their current form and provided the foundations for our response model which has served us well. It has ensured that for many years our communities are safer than they have been from the risk of fire.

However, the world today is very different from that 70 years ago. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is operating against a backdrop of both significantly changing risks and the greatest financial challenge seen in decades.

The SFRS must transform to continue to protect our communities from new and emerging risks.

We also cannot ignore the financial imperative. We cannot sustain the current frontline delivery beyond this financial year. Staying as we are is not an option.

  • Fires are reducing but new risks are emerging

  • New risks include terrorism, emergency medical response and severe weather

  • We need to be trained, equipped and ready to meet these new risks

  • Our people and resources are simply not aligned to need

  • Our RDS model needs strengthened to ensure the continued safety of our rural communities

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