Command and Control: aspects of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Incident Command System

Examines the Service’s effectiveness and efficiency of areas within the SFRS Incident Command System (ICS), Organisational learning and IC Training, with particular focus on the Command and Control of Operational Incidents.

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We are grateful to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), representatives from Response and Resilience (R&R), Service Delivery (SD), Operations Control (OC), Training and Employee Development (TED), Health Safety and Wellbeing (HS&W), the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Resilience Partners, Industry Partners (Ineos, EnQuest and Diageo), and those other members of staff who provided us with information and contributed constructively to interviews.

The Inspection team members were:

Simon Routh-Jones QFSM – Chief Inspector

Graeme Fraser – Assistant Inspector

Andrew Thomas – Assistant Inspector

Martin Riach – Inspection Support Manager

A quality assurance process helped us by challenging a draft of the report. Quality assurance was carried out by Assistant Inspector Richard Gorst who had no participation in the inspection.

All the members of the inspection team contributed to the development of this report and the quality assurance provided a professional challenge to the contents, assumptions and conclusions made. However, the Chief Inspector takes sole responsibility for the report, its contents and conclusions.

Our report reflects the circumstance at the time of our visits and interviews which were undertaken between June and December 2019. The SFRS is continuing to change and evolve, consequently material changes may have occurred since the writing of this report.

Laid before the Scottish Parliament by HM Chief Inspector of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service under section 43C(5) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 SG/2020/85

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