Have your say on fire and rescue service

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West of Scotland’s fire chief is calling on communities to have their say on how the national service is striving to help keep them even safer.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) recently unveiled a draft strategic plan setting out its proposed direction over the next three years and an associated consultation.

Now Deputy Assistant Chief Officer John Miller and SFRS Board Chair Kirsty Darwent are appealing directly to communities across the West of Scotland to make their voices heard.

The plan includes enhancing partnership working, including looking at equipping firefighters to respond to new and emerging risks such as severe weather.

Mr Miller said: ‘This is an opportunity for people in the West to have direct, valued input to help us mould our proposals to meet the unique needs of our modern communities.

‘People can make their voice heard on how we plan to meet new challenges and risks – such as population change and climate change – and keep our communities safer than ever.’

He added: ‘One of the ways we can do this is by building on our outstanding track record in prevention. In the West, and across Scotland, we have seen the number of house fires greatly reduce over the last two decades. Now, we believe we can do even more to assist people – and enhanced partnership working can drive that ambition.’

The consultation over the plan runs until Thursday July 18, to  see it go online to firescotland.citizenspace.com/planning-and-performance/draft-strategic-plan-2019-22/