Our operating model has served us well, but it was designed for the risks that Scotland faced over 70 years ago. The risks and the needs of our communities are different and to meet them we now require a more flexible operating model.
Data is showing us that our resources are not aligned to incident profiles. We can meet our obligations more effectively and efficiently through transformation. We have also seen the incredible importance of preventative work, but our current model means crews are in the wrong place at the wrong time to do more in this area.
As a national service delivered locally, it is vital that we can more easily deploy our people and resources to where the needs of our communities is greatest – wherever they might be.
To achieve this, we need to negotiate more flexible crewing models, duty patterns and terms and conditions based upon analysis of risk and activity data.
This would allow us to look at undertaking a planned and safe re-balancing of firefighter numbers, this being further enabled by the adoption of new firefighting technologies and vehicles. This will enhance our available ‘tool kit’, better aligning resource to need.
We will achieve this re-balancing through the firefighter retirement profile. There will be no compulsory redundancies.
Furthermore, this greater flexibility is vital to the strengthening of RDS. The ability to safely deploy crews in a more flexible way will enhance the safety in our rural communities by improving the ability of our crews to deploy.
We will fully engage with staff and all frontline unions as we develop our proposals.