Our Previous Pledges

Below are the Social Impact Pledge Initiatives chosen in 2016:


  • The Fireskills Employability Award Programme focuses on building safety knowledge and awareness while promoting positive citizenship and developing transferrable skills. It also enables young people to gain 4 credit points at SCQF Level 4, providing a practical qualification for career progression.  It is flexible enough to be delivered to any target group anywhere in Scotland by any blend of positive role models.  Due to its inclusivity, it also has the potential to encourage future recruitment prospects for minority groups into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.  This project is currently within its early stages of development.  The accreditation programme is complete and work is ongoing to realise its potential impact. 


  • The Living Safely in the Home project operates in partnership with Scottish Borders Council Safer Communities Teams, Cheviot Healthcare Teams and Home Energy Scotland. The aim is to make homes safer for people at a higher risk of unintentional harm – focusing on slips, trips and falls.  To date, the project has been rolled out from 1 Local authority area to 3 (Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders). Thorough evaluation has proven that effective collaborative working and improved referral pathways between SFRS and partners have resulted in positive outcomes for older people.  This has been evidenced by data as well as numerous ‘patient stories’.  In the Cheviot locality betweenJune 2016 and April 2017, there has been 348 holistic Home Fire Safety Visits.  Over and above the standard assessment, there were 100 conversations about falls minimisation, 53 consented referrals to the Cheviot Healthcare Team and five home adaptations provided.  For the future, the work continues to further strengthen and extend the work with multi-agency partners and involve other health and third sector organisations in the project.  Because the majority of the work so far has been based around older people, they aim to expand by identifying partnerships with Health Visitors and Health Care Teams to decrease the risks to the under 5’s age group.


  • The Co-location of Perth and Kinross Community Wardens and their line managers in Perth Community Fire Station. Feedback is that the project has been a tremendous success in that staff have integrated well and joint working is flourishing. The fact that Community Wardens are based in a Station enables prevention and intervention work to happen in a more proactive and timely manner, making a big difference to those most vulnerable from unintentional harm within the home.  The Community Wardens also assist in the delivery of Home Safety Visits which has also been very positive. It has been extended further in that there is also a warden now working from Aberfeldy Community Fire Station.