The General Secretary, Matt Wrack calls for unity and a standard of debate during Scottish elections.
The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is just a few days old but it has proven to be something of a baptism of fire - quite literally in some cases. Large areas of Highland Scotland were ablaze, there have been numerous other fire incidents and rescues of various kinds. The positive from this is that the new service coped with this and operated as everyone expected. As the service settles into the new routine a large body of work remains to bring together the previous 8 policies and practices.
At their meeting in Perth 28/2/13 the SFRS Board approved both the Capital and Resource Budgets for year 2013/14.
In Capital the DEL funding from Scottish Government is £15.3m, to which £2.64m of committed finance will be added, giving a total capital expenditure of £17.94m.
Expenditure from this budget has been agreed for:
£2.88m on new build property - Technical Rescue at Uaill and carbonaceous training in Tayside
£1.2m on property refurbishment
£4.452m on Property minor works
£7.241m on fleet
Also included is £500,000 on PPE
The FBU in Scotland has for some time now been considering the best way to structure its reps and officials in order to provide the best arrangement for representing and negotiating on behalf of our members. The associated file "Update on Internal Structure" informs members of the current position, the transitional arrangements as we move into the single service and the longer term structures for the FBU in Scotland.