Not unexpectedly there is a great deal of speculation at the moment around the future of the service and what shape that will take. The Board have passed a paper outlining the principles by which the structures of the new service will be developed. Based on this the service circulated a 39 page document giving an outline of what a new structure could look like. This is currently doing the rounds of the services as "The Structure". This outline, draft document was for illustration of the principles and does not represent a proposal, let alone the final state structure.
The MAG Sub-Group met Monday in what will be the final meeting of the group. Updates were given on the reform programme, including day one considerations and budgets. Papers were also submitted on the Gateway Review, PRiLO and Staff Transfers, Local Scrutiny and Engagement updates and a final report from the Group to the Minister. The information was confirming the current status of development work including the agreement of confidence that day 1 would be achievable on 1 April 2013.
The Coroners report from the Shirley Towers (Southampton) inquest has made key recommendations. One was in reference to the fitting of sprinkers in multi-storey buildings;"Social housing providers should be encouraged to consider the retro-fitting of sprinklers in all existing high-rise buildings in excess of 30m in height, particularly those identified by fire and rescue services as having complex designs that make fire-fighting more hazardous and/or difficult."
In a follow up to the recent 'Reform Update' available in "Resources" where the topic of pay periods or pay runs was discussed, a related question now appears on the SFRS website FAQ's.
The Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham wrote recently to Sandra White MSP outlining the Scottish Government's position regarding mutualisation of FRS in England. The Letter, available in "Related Content" makes clear that this is not an option that will be considered in Scotland. The FBU are please to have received such a firm rebuttle of these ideas and hope that our colleagues in the areas where this is being suggested in England can use the Scottish position to argue against the proposals,