The first public meeting of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Board is to be held in Perth on Monday (14 January).
The Board, chaired by Pat Watters, will meet at the Council Chambers in Perth and Kinross Council buildings at 11am.
The first meeting will cover the role of the Board and its procedures including the establishment of the Board’s Committees, Interim Standing Orders, Governance and Accountability and the schedule of business meetings for the rest of the year.
There will also be an opportunity to examine and discuss the progress of reform work as the eight fire and rescue services move towards a single, national service.
Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said:
”I have been working closely with Pat Watters and members to ensure that they are able to take up their responsibilities for the governance and strategic direction of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Work is already underway to develop the standing instructions for the Board; the standing orders; and the scheme of delegation, whereby myself and the other executive officers can run, on a day-to-day basis, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
“We have a committed team and working together we will shape the new Service to ensure that it can deliver successful outcomes for local communities. Reform will allow us to deliver efficiencies, protecting the frontline and focus on using the expertise and best practice that currently exists within the eight regional services to benefit all areas of the country. Whilst there will undoubtably be challenges ahead, we are confident that in developing positive, collaborative working relationships with the new Board we will ensure the future success of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.”
Chair of the SFRS Board, Pat Watters said:
“Since their appointment, Board members have been familiarising themselves with the considerable work that has been done on fire reform before the new organisation becomes operational on 1 April 2013. That has included looking at proposed new structures and the budget plans for the year ahead. We will play a crucial role in not only supporting the Chief Officer and his team but overseeing and scrutinising the work of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that it continues to deliver excellent public services within a reduced budget. Working with the Chief Officer and the Strategic Leadership Team of the SFRS we are committed to making a successful transition to a single service and delivering a strong and focussed fire and rescue service for our communities across Scotland.”
Note: The public and media can attend the Board meeting at Council Chambers, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth, 11am Monday 14 January.