HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland: Chief Inspector's Plan 2022 to 2025
Potential future activity up to 2025
The thematic activity which we shall undertake beyond 2022-23 during the course of this Plan, will depend on the issues that influence our inspection work but may include some of the following areas of interest:
- climate change and Service's actions relative to reducing its carbon footprint;
- the Service's planning and preparations for a response to a Marauding Terrorist Act;
- the state of the provision of specialist resources (specialist appliances, equipment and staff, including training);
- recognising and embedding organisational learning;
- National Resilience assets – provision, location, skills and usage;
- fire cover – distribution, modelling and standards;
- HR/workforce planning – recruitment, attrition, diversity and skills (all duty systems); support to LSO areas;
- administration and use of technology;
- Operations Control;
- RVDS duty system.
Significant Incidents and Unplanned Events
We have written a policy outlining our approach to conducting an inquiry into a significant incident, that is, an incident the circumstances or outcomes of which are likely to attract public interest or concern. Generally speaking, we will not commence an inquiry into a significant incident where this would substantially duplicate work being done by other bodies. We reserve the right, however, to undertake our own inquiry where this would bring benefits that would not be realised by other investigations. We will always consult with bodies holding statutory responsibility for investigating the circumstances, before deciding to carry out a significant incident inquiry.
From time to time, the Inspectorate expects to respond to unplanned events whether under the description of 'significant incident' or otherwise (this may include instances where Scottish Ministers direct the Chief Inspector to carry out an inquiry). The Inspectorate may be in a position to deal with such an inquiry with existing staff and resources, or may need to take on additional support for the duration of the work. In any case, the staffing and work of the Inspectorate is intended to be sufficiently flexible to allow for an appropriate response.
The activity framework covered by HMFSI through its inspection programme.
HMFSI Activity Framework
- Thematic inspections
- Service Delivery Area inspections
- Ministerial direction
- Other relevant inspections
- Professional advice