Social Impact Pledge

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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Social Impact Pledge logo

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to increase the positive impact we make on our local community and make better use of our assets – our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next six months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact.                                                                                                        

Signed,  Signature of Chair Kirsty Darwent, Chair, January 2018                                                                                                                                                                  

1st Commitment

Street Sport

“By utilising sport, we will support families affected by imprisonment, reduce instances of youth crime and provide opportunities to engage in employment and positive social activities”.

Street Sport is a non-profit prevention, intervention and diversionary tactics initiative based at RGU SPORT in Aberdeen. It deploys mobile activity arenas directly into local communities all over Aberdeen and operates during peak times of anti-social behaviour. This long running programme has recently expanded, developing a Prison Programme. The aim of this is to use sporting activities as a way of maintaining family cohesion - keeping strong bonds between parents in prison and their children. It is hoped this will lead to less youth frustrations back in the community and reduce instances of annoyance/crime. Participants can then enrol on employability courses to build a structured positive environment and deter them from a cycle of imprisonment. Street Sports comprehensive volunteer programme has also seen them recently recognised with the Queens Award for voluntary service.                                         

Geographical location of impact

  • Aberdeen

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2nd Commitment

Community Safety HUB

“By sharing our fire station with partners, we will enable effective joint working to reduce anti-social behaviour and deliberate fire setting so that people feel safer in their community”.

Rather than the current approach of partners meeting at different premises at different times, Falkirk have identified that a multi-agency hub model in their area would provide an excellent platform for networking and creating joint action plans. Using lessons learned from West Lothian, who already have co-located facilities, they wish to evolve Falkirk Fire Station into a community hub with a focus on reducing anti-social behaviour, in particular with regard to young people. This new approach will enable key information to be shared easily on a daily basis. Problematic hot spots and emerging trends in the community can be communicated face-to-face resulting in a holistic method of illuminating and tackling anti-social behaviour. Plans are for the hub to be permanently occupied by SFRS, Police Scotland and Falkirk Council, with other agencies using the office as a drop in. This will provide a well-rounded, preventative approach to sharing important information.

Geographical location of impact

  • Falkirk

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3rd Commitment

Community Action Team (CAT) Cycle Patrols.

“By being innovative in our approach, we will engage more effectively with young people to reduce Deliberate Secondary Fire Setting”.                                                 

Deliberate Secondary Fires, especially in the dryer and hotter months of the year, places a high demand on SFRS in Falkirk and West Lothian. To complement the other current youth engagement and education programmes around anti-social behaviour, Falkirk and West Lothian CAT personnel have procured cycle equipment. This will allow staff to take the transforming approach of targeting, engaging and diverting young people away from anti-social behaviour on the bicycles - in areas normally not accessible by fire appliances, i.e. parks and canal paths. This will be carried out in isolation or through cycle patrols with Police Scotland. It will also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of SFRS and will enable increased visibility of our staff within the community.

Geographical location of impact

  • Falkirk and West Lothian

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