COP26 Climate Change Conference 2021: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service preparedness

This report considers the appropriateness of steps taken by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in preparing for the forthcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26).

3 Conclusions

98. This report differs from most of our other thematic reports because it contains no new recommendations for the SFRS. As outlined earlier the rationale behind that decision was partly driven by compressed timescales. Where during the inspection it was felt necessary to raise an issue with the Service, this was done at the time.

99. In general, we are of the view that, at this point, the SFRS are adequately planning and preparing for the COP26 conference, with a view to contributing to delivering a safe event.

100. As already stated, at the time of writing this report, not all planning and preparations are complete, with progress still being made in a number of areas, such as concurrent event analysis. Additionally some functions such as training and exercising will appropriately continue right up to the commencement of the conference. The SFRS has delivery plans in place to monitor progress and completion of these outstanding items.

101. The SFRS has undertaken analysis of the resources required to meet its planned needs for the duration of COP26, including the impact of potential concurrent events. Some of the staffing necessary will be met through the use of volunteers, including the controlled use of overtime where necessary. The SFRS has a Central Staffing Cell dedicated to the resourcing of COP26. The SFRS will continue to monitor its ability to meet its needs up to the event, taking cognisance of any ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.



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