Draft Strategic Plan 2022-25

Closed 10 Jul 2022

Opened 9 May 2022

Feedback updated 25 Nov 2022

We asked

We asked for views on our draft Strategic Plan 2022-25. We asked people what they thought about our set of seven proposed priorities, and invited them to share any general views they had about the draft Strategic Plan as a whole.

You said

You Said

The public consultation exercise generated a total of 132 survey responses through the online survey. The majority of respondents either Strongly Agreed, or Agreed with all of the Outcomes in the draft Strategic Plan. The figures were 51.1% and 34.4% respectively, giving a total of 85.5% of all respondents supporting the draft Strategic Plan.

Respondents were given the opportunity to provide further feedback on each of our Outcomes. They were also asked if they wished to make any general comments, allowing them to give more expansive answers on issues they felt were of importance, and which were perhaps not covered sufficiently in the seven Outcomes.  

These free text responses were examined and the most common themes identified. This was done through careful textual analysis and by applying a simple coding frame. The following key themes were raised:  

  • Respondents are supportive of the need for partnership working, with many taking the opportunity to recognise the benefits of existing partnerships.
  • The ongoing development of the role of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is supported, with respondents highlighting additional opportunities to work with partners to contribute to wider health and wellbeing outcomes. 
  • Our commitment to climate change was supported by respondents at both a high-level strategic context and from a partnership perspective when discussing responding to incidents caused by climate change.  
  • Although supportive of our ambitions, respondents highlighted the need to provide appropriate / fit-for-purpose technology and equipment; and adequate training and support for frontline staff. 
  • Respondents were supportive of our desire to share data / information with partners stakeholders. 
  • In the context of current spending pressures, there is widespread recognition that resources are becoming increasingly stretched, and a recognition of the challenges this will bring.  

We did

The free-text comments included in the report, both positive and constructive in nature, were considered closely. 

In most circumstances, suggested changes to be made to the Plan, because of comments from respondents, were minor text changes to strengthen or clarify a point that has already been made within the draft Strategic Plan 2022-25. Examples of this include:  

  • Further explanation on the meaning of ‘harm’ 
  • More reference to the need to ensure staff are trained 
  • Strengthening our commitment adopting a place-based model 
  • A clearer statement that staff at all levels will be encouraged and supported to suggest and develop innovative ways of working 
  • More emphasis that community and firefighter safety is paramount 
  • Acknowledgement of the importance of good mental health 
  • The need to mention staff empowerment 

 Each of the above suggestions were included in the final version of the Strategic Plan 2022-25 that was published in October 2022.  


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) invites you to share your views on our draft Strategic Plan 2022-25. Our Strategic Plan details the activities we want to achieve to contribute to the safety and wellbeing of Scottish communities, whilst keeping our firefighters safe. 

The seven Outcomes set out within our Plan complement the priorities in the Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2022. The Fire and Rescue Framework is developed by the Scottish Government and our Strategic Plan has been designed to show how we will deliver against it.  

We also have an aspirational Long-Term Vision which was shaped by our staff and stakeholders. It sets out our future direction and outlines where we want to be in ten years’ time. The Strategic Plan 2022-25 outlines the next stage in that journey. 

Why your views matter

Your opinion matters. This is your Service and we want to hear your views on our ambition to balance national priorities with the needs of local communities – now and in the future.

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 10 July 2022.


SFRS is committed to protecting your privacy when you use our services.  Our Privacy Notice, found at the bottom of the page, explains how we use information about you and how we protect your privacy.

The survey is a way of finding out your views about our draft Strategic Plan and the Outcomes we aim to achieve between 2022 and 2025. The data collected within the survey will be protected in line with the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018.

Your participation in this is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.

We believe there are no known risks associated with this consultation; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a data breach is always possible.  To the best of our ability your answers in this survey will remain confidential and we will do everything we can to minimise any risks.

If you have any queries in relation to your personal data please contact 



What happens next

Your feedback will be used to shape the final Strategic Plan 2022-25, due for publication in October 2022.

If you want any further information about the Draft Strategic Plan 2022-25, email SFRS.StrategicPlanning@firescotland.gov.uk.


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