The overarching purpose of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is to work in partnership with communities and with others in the public, private and third sectors, on prevention, protection and response, to improve the safety and wellbeing of people throughout Scotland.
The Scottish Government's vision for the SFRS is the achievement of better outcomes for the people and communities throughout Scotland, leading to improved safety and wellbeing, but also reflecting ways of operating in the 21st century. It reflects the excellent work it carries out in supporting and promoting community safety and wellbeing, through, for example, community safety initiatives and partnership working with health, education, and local authorities focused on prevention and early intervention, in order to improve outcomes.
The key aims of the new SFRS are to:
- protect and improve local services, despite financial cuts, by reducing duplication and not cutting frontline outcomes
- create more equal access to specialist support and national capacity where and when they are needed
- strengthen the connection between local service provision and communities by creating a new formal relationship with all 32 local authorities
The new SFRS took on its full range of functions on 1 April 2013.