HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland (HMFSI)


Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate (HMFSI) is independent of Scottish Government and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

We inspect and report on the SFRS with the purpose of assuring the public and Scottish Ministers that it is working in an efficient and effective way, and to promote improvement in the Service.

These inspections cover local scrutiny, partnership working and engagement between SFRS and councils.

We also carry out thematic review inspections, provide independent advice to Scottish Ministers and have certain functions relating to non-domestic fire safety.

Our scrutiny plan 2016 to 2021 sets out our intended inspection programme. The accompanying summary table is regulary reviewed and updated to reflect ongoing inspection activity.

Our 2019-20 annual report looks at HMFSI’s current inspection programme and reflects on work which has concluded within the past 12 months.

Local area and thematic inspection reports

Local area and thematic inspections we currently have underway are:

Find out more about our approach to local area inspections.

Read published local area and thematic inspection reports.


HM Fire Service Inspectorate is led by Simon Routh-Jones QFSM, FIFireE, FCMI, Chief Inspector of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

There are three assistant inspectors, who are appointed by Scottish Ministers, and a small business support team.

In addition to this core team, HMFSI offers opportunities for members of SFRS staff to join us on secondment and to assist with specific inspection themes.

Read the HMFSI secondment policy.


If you have a complaint about the Inspectorate or our staff, or if you feel something has gone wrong, you should contact us and we will try to resolve the problem quickly. We generally follow the guidance on how to complain to the Scottish Government.

If, after our actions to resolve the problem, you remain dissatisfied, you may be able to ask the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to investigate your complaint.

Any complaint that relates to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service should be made directly to them and not the Inspectorate.