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, and which have been repeated in the Scottish Parliament and through the media. Here we give you the plain facts.

 

CLAIM 1 - SFRS IS A 'SERVICE IN DECLINE'

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has – and will continue to - deliver real improvements to the safety of the people of Scotland.

  • Total number of fires down 40% in the last decade

  • Fire casualties down 31% in the last decade

  • 334,767 home fire safety 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 - OVER 700 FIREFIGHTER POSITIONS HAVE BEEN LOST SINCE 2013

The creation of the single service saw us remove workforce duplication  through a planned and managed programme 

  • 136 new full time firefighters recruited in 2017

  • SFRS reduced duplication through a planned adjustment  of just 128 full time firefighter posts since 2013

  • Scotland now has more retained firefighters than ever before  

CLAIM 3 - COMBINING EIGHT CONTROL ROOMS TO THREE HAS AFFECTED SERVICE

Our Operations Control firefighters are the unseen frontline, saving lives through their training, skills and professional dedication.

  • SFRS has committed investment of approximately £10million to provide state of the art Operations Control facilities

  • The investment in new technology and state of the art facilities has provided more efficient and resilient Operations Control delivery model

  • SFRS responds to every single emergency

  • SFRS has sent the correct resource to every incident

CLAIM 4 - SFRS HAS NOT SPOKEN TO ITS STAFF ABOUT TRANSFORMATION

We have been, and will continue to be, open and honest with our staff, ensuring they have the information they need as well as opportunity to take part in discussion and give their views.

  • Transformation engagement with staff ongoing since July 2017 when the Chair of SFRS wrote to every individual employee

  • Face to face meetings across the country with senior managers , equipping them to hold discussions on their stations ongoing since then

  • SFRS Directors continue to engage with crews across the country through a programme over 70 station visits

  • Detailed online Transformation information section for staff on the SFRS intranet with over 17,500 hits since August 2017

  • First ever online forum for staff to directly share views, suggestions and debate. Over 30,000 engagements and growing

CLAIM 5 - SFRS HAS NOT ENGAGED THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION

The FBU has played a key role in the creation of SFRS and we are committed to continuing positive and open dialogue and respecting the negotiating arrangements.

  • SFRS has engaged Scottish Officials of the FBU on a regular basis

  • SFRS has shared all detail of transformation with the FBU

  • SFRS has formally invited the General Secretary to negotiate on four separate occasions

  • This invite stands and SFRS encourage Matt Wrack to negotiate for the benefit of Scotland and Scotland's firefighters

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