Commenting on the publication of the statistics, Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said:
“The statistics published today reflect a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service that is continuing its transformational journey. The move to a single national service has given us a unique opportunity to operate more efficiently by removing duplication while protecting the vital frontline services that ensure the safety of our communities. Being able to draw on a truly national resource, allows us to better meet local needs, by deploying our people and resources more effectively and where need is greatest.
“Even during a period of significant change, we continued to improve outcomes for our communities. Our commitment to prevention is making our communities safer, but we are acutely aware of the potential to help even more people. As such, we are seeking out partners and sharing expertise so that we can provide enhanced activity targeted to meet the very specific needs of the more vulnerable members of our communities.
“In adopting a stronger evidence-led approach, we will be able to utilise our resource more efficiently and effectively. The size and shape of our service will continue to change as we adapt to changing needs, but our overriding commitment remains to deliver frontline services that the people of Scotland deserve and expect from our Service.”