HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland (HMFSI)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what it means for the Her Majesty’s Fire Service Inspectorate (HMFSI) work programme of inspection of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

We have reviewed our 2020/21 programme of Thematic Inspections and Local Area Inspections of the SFRS to reflect the new risks and challenges we all face.  The scrutiny plan 2016 to 2021 set out our projected inspection programme, however our revised inspection activity for the immediate future is set out in the acompanying inspection table.  Due to the current dynamic circumstances we are keeping the line of scrutiny within our inspection regime flexible.

Work will continue to conclude inspections using desk-top analysis and ‘virtual’ meetings with SFRS personnel.  For those inspections where the fieldwork had already been completed, these will be progressed as normal to publication.

Our 2019-20 annual report reflects on work which has concluded within the past 12 months.


HMFSI is independent of Scottish Government and the 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 continuous improvement in the Service

These inspections cover local service delivery, scrutiny, partnership working and engagement between SFRS, councils and other partners.

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

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.