UFAS Consultation

Time for Change: Reducing Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals (UFAS)

Consultation on Options for Responding to Automatic Fire Alarms

It’s time for change. Each year we attend more than 28,000 false alarms from workplace automatic fire alarms, known as AFAs. We want to reduce this number and use this time to do more for the communities we serve.

We’ve developed three options for how we might achieve this reduction - in partnership with staff and key stakeholders - and we want to hear your views on them. That’s why we’re launching a 12-week public consultation which runs from 19 July to 11 October.

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Read our consultation document and consider our proposed options. It’s important that you fully understand how things might change before you share your views.


Why change?

Changing the way we respond to AFAs in the workplace will allow us to use our resources more effectively and help to make our communities even safer. This means freeing up staff time so firefighters are available to deal with real emergencies. We will also invest more time on other activities such as training and prevention work. 

Chief Officer Martin Blunden explains more:

This consultation is not about how we respond to fire alarm signals from private homes and we will continue to respond to these.


Get Involved

Read our consultation document and consider our proposed options. It’s important that you fully understand how things might change before you share your views.

Watch the videos that explain the three options, exemptions and call challenge. 

UFAS Consultation: Call Challenge Explained

 

UFAS Consultation: Exemptions Explained

 

UFAS Consultation: Option A Explained

 

UFAS Consultation: Option B Explained

 

UFAS Consultation: Option C Explained

Make your voice heard and take part in our short survey before 11.59pm on Monday 11 October.

Help us make Scotland an even safer country for everyone.


More Information

Find more information in our FAQs.

Read and download the following documents:

Time for Change: Reducing Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals - Summary document

Time for Change: Reducing Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals - Plain text version

Time for Change: Reducing Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals Survey - Plain text version

To receive a printed copy of ‘Time for Change: Reducing Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals’ and the consultation survey or in an alternative format including large print or translations, please  

  • write to FREEPOST SFRS Communications, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Westburn Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow G72 7NA 

What will your response help to achieve? 

An analysis of responses to this consultation, including a preferred option, will be considered by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board in December 2021.

Any changes to service delivery will be implemented from early 2022 in a carefully managed process and in partnership with directly affected stakeholders.


Supporting Documents

Read and download the following documents:

UFAS Time For Change document

UFAS Call Challenge Flow Chart

Review of COVID-19 Interim Response to AFA Actuations

Proposals for Responding to AFAs

UFAS Stocktake Review Report

UFAS Workshop Information Booklet

UFAS Workshop Information Pack

UFAS Animate Consulting Independent Workshop Report

UFAS Workshop Outcome Report

UFAS Scottish Government Response to Covid-19 Protection Levels

Equality Impact Assessment

UFAS Consultation Mandate