Fire Board to meet in Inverness

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The next meeting of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board will take place in Inverness.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 29 May at 10am in Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP.  You can view the agenda and papers in the Board Meetings area of the website.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board has staged a series of Board meetings across Scotland in a bid to strengthen the relationship with the communities it serves. The next meeting in the series will take place in Inverness on 29 May 2014.

The status and profile of SFRS Board members provides them with a unique ability to strengthen the connection with communities and the rotational meeting system seeks to improve community accessibility to members.

An engagement event will take place to provide members with an opportunity to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in the Inverness area and develop an understanding of the shared outcomes which can be achieved through positive partnership working.

Pat Watters, Chair of the SFRS Board said: “The rotation of meetings allows us to positively engage with communities, improve the visibility and accessibility of members and develop a better understanding of the Board’s priorities translated into a local context.

“It is crucial that the Board achieves an improved understanding of the needs and concerns of our communities across Scotland and explore collaboration opportunities which will deliver a greater level of safety and security.”

Chief Officer, Alasdair Hay added: “As a national service, it is only by understanding the diverse needs of our local communities that we can continue to deliver the type and quality of services the public rightly expect. The circuit of Board meetings and engagement events has provided the Board and the Strategic Leadership Team an excellent opportunity to develop local connections with public, private and third sector colleagues, who share our desire to deliver improved outcomes for communities at local level”.

Scott Hay, Local Senior Officer for the Highland area welcomed the Board’s visit to the north of Scotland. He said: “I am pleased that the next Board meeting will be in Inverness. This highlights the Board’s on-going support for communities right across Scotland.

“As a Service, we are committed to working in partnership to improve the service we provide and the engagement event will provide key stakeholders in the area with an excellent opportunity to discuss how this can be achieved within our local communities.”