SFRS Statistics

Closed 29 Nov 2019

Opened 30 Aug 2019

Feedback updated 31 Jan 2020

We asked

We asked for views on the content of our statistical publications and on proposed changes to the methodology of counting fire stations and the SFRS workforce. We were looking for guidance to help us produce statistics more closely tailored to the needs of our users.

You said

We received seven online responses to this public consultation. Three respondents described their use of our statistics as for work purposes only, while three described their use as both work and personal, and one described their use as personal interest only. Respondents included SFRS staff, staff at other UK Fire and Rescue Services as well as from outside of the Fire and Rescue sector.

Our proposals to amend the counting methodology for fire stations and workforce, to include Gordonstoun Fire Station and the associated crew, received favourable responses with five respondents approving of the changes and none opposing.

Respondents were interested in the range of topics that we publish; the most popular topic in our published statistics was ‘Fire Stations’ with six respondents interested, followed by ‘Fire and Rescue Vehicles’ and ‘Dwelling Fires’ with five responses each.  None of our topics received fewer than two responses.

In the free text comments respondents requested additional publishing across three areas:

  1. statistics relating to SFRS Operations Control departments
  2. statistics on fires in student accommodation, purpose-built flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMO) properties
  3. statistics on the SFRS organisation and management structures in greater detail than is currently published as well as more detailed descriptions of the associated responsibilities

We did

In our next publication of the ‘Fire Safety and Organisational Statistics’ we will include Gordonstoun Fire Station and staff in counting both fire stations and the workforce. We will backdate this change as far as possible.

SFRS recently procured new control system software and plans to implement this in the three SFRS Operations Control departments in Scotland. This software includes reporting features which will allow the development of new statistical tables on topics related to emergency incident communications and control in due course.

In our last publication of ‘Fire Safety and Organisational Statistics’ we introduced a new table on staff headcount in departments. We will work further on these experimental statistics with a view to providing more detail about the workforce of SFRS and the responsibilities of the organisational structures that they work in. In tandem we will investigate publishing more detail on the organisational structures and hierarchy of the SFRS.

In our next ‘Fire and Rescue Incident Statistics’ publication we will produce new tables for both fires and casualties occurring in purpose built multi-storey flats (including high-rise), houses in multiple occupation, and other multiple occupancy property types.


To help us to provide relevant, useful and timely statistics we would like your feedback on what we publish on our statistics webpage.

We anticipate that some users make use of content from each of our two statistical series and so have included questions on both in this consultatation, although these sections can be skipped if not applicable. We expect that it will take around 10 minutes to complete this consultation.

Why your views matter

In 2014 the Scottish Government handed us responsibility for continuing two statistical series; Fire and Rescue Incident Statistics and Fire Safety and Organisational Statistics. In order to produce valuable statistics that meet the needs of users, we need a clearer idea of who uses our statistics and what they use them for. We are also thinking of making a number of changes which impact on the statistics we publish, and so we are seeking guidance from users before we make these changes.

Statistics users are always welcome to contact us at

What happens next

Your feedback will help shape the future of our statistical publishing.

We will publish a response to the views shared with us in January 2020.


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