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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launches strategic plan

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has announced its plans to help keep Scotland’s communities safe. The Strategic Plan 2022-2025 sets out the Service’s strategic intentions for the next three years, and details seven objectives to achieve them. 

Over the next three years, the Service will look to reduce its carbon emissions and increase resilience to respond effectively to the impact of climate change in Scotland.

Initiatives will be deployed to ensure community safety and wellbeing improve throughout Scotland. This will include, working with partners to refocus preventative activities to address issues of social, economic and health inequalities.

The plan is informed by the SFRS Long Term Vision and will ensure delivery of the strategic priorities set out for the Service by the Scottish Government in the Fire Framework 2022. The outcomes of the Strategic Plan 2019-22 review report and the views of SFRS staff have been considered as the plan has developed.

It also follows the previous launch of a draft plan first published in May, now finalised after recognising the feedback from the associated public consultation.

The final plan has now been approved by Community Safety Minister, Ash Regan MSP, and laid before the Scottish Parliament.

SFRS Director of Strategic Planning, Performance and Communications, Mark McAteer, led its development. He said: “Our plan sets out what we want to achieve as a Service by 2025, identifying attainable goals within this timeframe as we continue to recover from the impact of COVID.

“This is the first plan that aligns with the SFRS Long-Term Vision and is the next step in realising our ambitions to be a progressive organisation, centred around people’s needs, inclusive of all and better connected to communities. 

“Achieving the outcomes we’ve set out will help us realise our vision and fulfil our mission of working together for a safer Scotland.”

Speaking about the plan, Ms Regan MSP said: “I am pleased to approve the 2022-2025 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Strategic Plan. This SFRS plan aligns with the priorities in the recently published Scottish Government Fire and Rescue Framework 2022.

“The people of Scotland are well-served by the officers and staff of SFRS, who work alongside partners to make communities safer.”

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