Residents urged to aid fire safety

GLASGOW residents are being urged to help create a plan that will make the city safer from fire.

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Cutting house fires is currently the fire service's top priority in Glasgow
Cutting house fires is currently the fire service's top priority in Glasgow

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is creating a draft local plan for Glasgow and they want input from local people.

Members of the public have until Friday February 14 to let SFRS know what they think of the plan, which sets out SFRS priorities in the Glasgow City Council area.

Area Manager George McGrandles, SFRS senior officer in Glasgow, said: "Over the past 30 years Glasgow has been transformed from an industrial city to a thriving, vibrant place, but it is also a city of contrasts.

"We know that 70% of Scotland's deprived neighbourhoods are here in Glasgow, and lifestyle factors have a significant impact on the level of risk faced by individuals and communities.

"The Glasgow City Local Plan details how firefighters will meet the agreed needs of our communities over the next three years, setting out priorities and objectives to make our city safer.

"It is aligned to the Community Planning Partnership structures within City of Glasgow, will allow our local authority partners to scrutinise performance outcome, and makes clear our commitment to continually developing local solutions to local needs."

Cutting house fires is the top priority for SFRS in Glasgow and the plan is aimed at early intervention to prevent tragedies.

By working with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and others, fire crews are able to reach people who are at increased risk from fire, providing support and sharing tips to keep them safe.

Mr McGrandles added: "We have seen, and will continue to see, a cultural shift in how public-service professionals work collaboratively, strategically, and on the front line to solve pressing social challenges in the city.

"SFRS and our partner agencies are committed to a shared, ambitious vision for Glasgow - where residents and communities are routinely involved in designing how their local services are delivered.

"We are a national service committed to meeting the needs of every community, so the SFRS local plan for our city targets the risks faced in Glasgow and reflects the views of the people of Glasgow."

To see the SFRS Local Fire and Rescue Plan for Glasgow City visit the local plan section of the SFRS website and click "Glasgow".

To comment, visit the public consultation page and again click "Glasgow". All responses made during the consultation will be considered and the final draft local plan - including any changes made following submissions by members of the public - will then be passed to Glasgow City Council for its agreement.

Mr McGrandles said: "We are determined to ensure we deliver a service driven by consultation, in line with public expectations and that helps to build strong, safe and resilient communities.

"The partnership with the public is vital to making our city safer, so I urge everyone to have their say and let us know their thoughts on the Glasgow City Local Plan during this consultation period."

catriona.stewart@eveningtimes.co.uk

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