The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is aware that the risks faced by communities are changing for many reasons, as referenced in the SFRS high level transformation plan, and this includes risks associated with climate change. SFRS must therefore prepare for new challenges as Scotland faces more extremes of weather (including increased flooding and dramatic wildfires, particularly in more rural parts of the country). A wildfires strategy is currently being developed by the SFRS and partners which will ensure that SFRS has the right resources in the right place at the right time to fight wildfires.
SFRS must continue to ensure that personnel are equipped and trained to deal with these emerging risks, and that their service delivery model has sufficient resilience and flexibility to support incidents that can occur over extended geographies and timescales.
Regarding the recent incident in Moray, I have once again been struck by the outstanding bravery and dedication of our firefighters to keep our communities and environment safe. Immediately after the Moray wildfire I spoke directly with the SFRS lead officer for wildfires.
The Scottish Government is working with SFRS and the Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) to develop a wildfire risk scenario for Scotland and to improve Fire Danger Assessments. This will support individuals and agencies in planning for and responding to wildfire events and ensure that responders in Scotland are better placed to anticipate, assess, prevent and respond to and recover from wildfires.
Decisions on the allocation of SFRS resources are an operational matter for the service. In 2019-20 the Scottish Government has increased the funding to SFRS by £5.5 million to invest in service transformation plans. This is on top of the
£15.5 million additional spending power provided last year.