HM Fire Service Inspectorate – management of health and safety: an operational focus

HM Fire Service Inspectorate carried out a thematic inspection to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of health, safety and welfare arrangements in place within the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) with a particular focus on health and a safety in an operational context.

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We are grateful to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and the SFRS Board for their positive contributions and assistance in meeting our requests. We are also grateful to those members of staff and stakeholders who provided us with information and contributed constructively to our interviews and fieldwork.

The Inspection team members were:

Robert Scott QFSM, Chief Inspector

Rick Taylor (Lead Inspector), Assistant Inspector

Steve Harkins, Inspection Officer (seconded from SFRS)

A quality assurance process assisted us by challenging a draft of this report. Quality assurance was carried out by John Buckley QFSM, Chief Fire Officer, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, 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 circumstances at the time of our visits and interviews which were undertaken between April 2021 and January 2022. The SFRS is continuing to change and evolve, consequently, material changes may have occurred since the writing and publication 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 April 2022 SG/2022/71

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