People across North Ayrshire and Scotland are encouraged to partake in a consultation on the future role of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), as it adapts to meet new challenges is at the heart of a new consultation.
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, this consultation also explores the need for SFRS to take account of greater risks from flooding and wildfires, due to the increasing impact of climate change.
Supporting the modernisation of SFRS and investing to allow it to expand its community safety and prevention work is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.
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
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“In addition to COVID-induced challenges, Scotland is also facing significant changes as a result of Brexit, climate change, population changes and the expectations the public holds for all public services.
“While this set of challenges is complex, they also create the opportunity for organisations like SFRS to make positive changes.
“The important work our fire and rescue services do could touch us all, and I encourage you to help shape future service provision by taking part in the consultation before it closes on 22 December.”