Firefighter numbers

 

How many firefighters will be made redundant?

There will be no compulsory redundancies. As part of a planned and safe transformation, we will re-balance our firefighter workforce through the use of new technology and a more efficient delivery model. We will achieve this re-balancing through the firefighter retirement profile.

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How many roles are to be removed?

With the introduction of a new and safe, but more efficient operating model, we will be looking at a planned and safe re-balancing by the end of the four year transformation programme.

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Does this mean no more firefighter recruitment?

We will still recruit firefighters to meet the requirements of a new operating model – in fact we are recruiting around 150 over the next 18 months.

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Given the reduction in fires, why would you not cut a larger number of firefighters?

You cannot simply create a fire and rescue service when the need arises. Transformation is about using our resource more efficiently and effectively, allowing us to do more, while still having the ability to scale up where required for large scale incidents.

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Is safety being compromised by removing firefighters?

No, not at all. This is part of a planned and safe re-balancing of our resource, where a more efficient use of this resource not only allows us to deliver our current service more efficiently but to do more for the people of Scotland.

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How can you do more with less people?

By better utilising our people and resources, and embracing new technologies, we can deliver not only our current role more efficiently but expand our role into new areas to improve safety and wellbeing. For example, our personnel cannot undertake preventative work at night. By re-aligning our operating model we can have more personnel available when they can be more productive and when communities can benefit from their input.

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With less FFs does this mean a decline in P&P?

Quite the opposite. By re-balancing our resource and aligning it to where risk and need is greatest, we can free up more time for vital preventative work. Indeed, a core strand of our proposals is that firefighters will deliver preventative work in new and vital areas such as slips, trips and falls.

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