Stirling Observer

Three options put forward as part of public consultati­on

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SFRS is consulting on three options.

The first option would see the service call challenge all AFAs from non-domestic premises and there would be no mobilisati­on without confirmati­on of a fire or signs of a fire.‘Sleeping risk’ premises would be exempt from call challengin­g and would receive an immediate response, with residentia­l care homes receiving two fire appliances regardless of time of day and all other sleeping risks receiving one fire appliance between 7am and 6pm and two fire appliances outwith these hours. It is estimated there would be a 61 per cent reduction in UFAs.

The second option would also call challenge AFAs from non-domestic premises but there would be no exemptions regardless of premises or type of caller. The estimated reduction would be 85 per cent. The third option would be non-attendance to all AFAs from non-domestic premises, unless there was a back-up 999 call confirming fire, or signs of fire received. Sleeping risk premises would be exempt from non-attendance, with residentia­l care homes receiving two fire appliances regardless of time of day and all other sleeping risks receive one fire appliance between 7am and 6pm and two outwith these hours. The estimated reduction would be 71 per cent.

The public consultati­on runs until October 11. Comments can be emailed to SRFS. UFASConsul­tation@ firescotla­nd.gov.uk. A full report will be submitted to the SFRS board in December, with any changes likely to be made in early 2022.

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