An errata was published on 06/02/2024 as a result of a change in the final sentence in the section on Inspectors of the SFRS. Chief Officer has been amended to Chief Inspector. The HTML and PDF have been updated to reflect these changes.
1. This framework document has been drawn up by the Scottish Government (SG) in consultation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (the SFRS). It sets out the broad framework within which the SFRS will operate and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between the SFRS and the SG. While this document does not confer any legal powers or responsibilities, it forms a key part of the accountability and governance framework and should be reviewed and updated as necessary, and at least every 2-3 years. Any proposals to amend the framework document either by the SG or SFRS will be taken forward in consultation and in the light of SG priorities and policy aims. Any question regarding the interpretation of the document shall be determined by the SG after consultation with the SFRS. Legislative provisions shall take precedence over any part of the document.
2. This document is distinct from, but linked to, the Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland, a statutory document made under section 40 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (as amended), which sets out the Scottish Ministers’ strategic priorities for the SFRS.
3. References to the SFRS include any subsidiaries and joint ventures owned or controlled by the SFRS. The SFRS shall not establish subsidiaries or enter into joint ventures without the express approval of the SG.
4. Copies of the agreed framework document must be published on the SFRS website.
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