East Ayrshire Council has formally given its backing to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) local plan for the area.
The plan, which was open for public consultation from January to March, was approved by the authority’s elected members at a meeting of the full council on Thursday, April 27.
Local Senior Officer for East Ayrshire, Jim Scott said: “The fire and rescue plan for East Ayrshire is a local plan developed for local needs and I’m delighted elected members have given it their support.”
The importance of partnership working runs throughout the East Ayrshire fire and rescue plan, with the sharing of information between agencies highlighted as benefiting the public.
Addressing the specific needs of each of the area’s communities was seen by SFRS as key to successfully protecting them, and the approval of elected members reflects the shared commitment to all of East Ayrshire.
Local Senior Officer Scott added: “Crews regularly provide free Home Fire Safety Visits where they share advice with householders to help them identify potential risks and offer guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency.
“These visits play an important role in improving fire safety at home and ultimately help protect our communities from harm.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify those who are most vulnerable from fire to ensure appropriate risk reduction measures are in place.
“We want to support our entire community but we all know older or vulnerable people who could be at risk – it could be a family member or even a friend or neighbour.
“I would encourage our communities to get in touch if they are in need of a visit from us.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk
Chris McAleavey, Depute Chief Executive, Safer Communities, welcomed the plan.
He said: “East Ayrshire Council is fully committed to improving community safety. We are delighted that the East Ayrshire Local Fire and Rescue Plan is the first to be launched in Scotland.
“We value our partnership working arrangements with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and this plan demonstrates the strengths of partnership working in the area and sets out a clear direction for delivering these vital services to the people of East Ayrshire.”