Community Fire Safety
Protection from the risk of fire is an essential component in safeguarding Scotland's communities. The Scottish Government in conjunction with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services helps facilitate the Services' response to their requirement to deliver Community fire safety. For example it runs frequent national Fire Safety Campaigns, such as the national campaign to improve fire safety in the home "Don't Give Fire a Home". For information about fire safety legislation and guidance, details can be found at Firelaw Scotland.
Community Fire Safety Study Group
In November 2008, Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety, announced a short-life study would be established to examine how to reduce deaths and injuries caused by fire in Scotland.
The group will be known as the 'Scottish Community Fire Safety Study' (SCFSS) and will be by led by CFO Brian Sweeney of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service in his role as Community Fire Safety Champion for Scotland. A small team of staff from the Scottish Government and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service will provide the support to the study. The study will consider:
- Why Scotland faces proportionately a higher number of primary fires, fire deaths and fire casualties as compared to other parts of the UK and Europe?
- Why Scotland suffers an increasing number of secondary fires?
- The initiatives to combat these issues and the impact they are having to reduce fire-related deaths, injuries and damage.
- How Scottish Government and local Government can work collaboratively to develop and implement good practice to improve community safety in Scotland.