11 September 2010
Chief Officer addresses Scottish Fire Conference 2010
Chief Officer Brian Sweeney today spoke at the Scottish Fire
Brian Sweeney, Chief Officer of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue,
this morning addressed an audience of leading fire service figures
at the Scottish Fire Conference 2010.
Discussing 'Managing the Challenges' from a chief officer's
perspective, Mr Sweeney spoke about the difficulties faced by fire
and rescue services during the financial crisis.
Mr Sweeney also commented on the debate concerning the future of
the Scottish Fire Service, particularly proposals that Scotland's
eight fire and rescue services should be amalgamated into a smaller
number of services or even merged into a single service covering
the whole of the country.
Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, Director of
Community Safety, led a workshop on the Scottish Government's
'Scotland Together' report into accidental fire deaths. The report,
which put forward 37 recommendations for tackling the issue, was
drawn up by a team largely comprising members of SFR.
Also, on this first day of the two-day conference at Crieff
Hydro, Diane Lauder, SFR's Head of Organisational Development, led
a workshop on how fire & rescue services could reach a
consensus on dealing with the challenges faced by the Scottish Fire