People in Helensburgh and Lomond are being asked to give their views on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's plans for improvements.

Fire chiefs want people to speak up over their proposals for the next three years.

The aim is to look at current operations and the available equipment to let firefighters respond to new and emerging risks such as severe weather.

Further proposals look to supporting leadership and diversity within the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) workforce - and delivering a first class and sustainable, national service.

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John Miller, deputy assistant chief officer, and board chair Kirsty Darwent are appealing directly to communities across the country to make their voices heard.

Mr Miller said: “This is an opportunity for people in the West to have direct, valued input to help us mould our proposals to meet the unique needs of our modern communities.

“People can make their voice heard on how we plan to meet new challenges and risks – such as population change and climate change – and keep our communities safer than ever.”

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He continued: “One of the ways we can do this is by building on our outstanding track record in prevention.

“In the West, and across Scotland, we have seen the number of house fires greatly reduce over the last two decades.”

Dr Darwent said: “It is imperative that we meet the changing risk profile in Scotland and ensure that our firefighters are trained and equipped to work safely and effectively.”

“We also want to drive even greater partnership working where appropriate – all pulling together in the same direction to keep communities safer than ever.

“I would encourage everyone to take some time to ensure their voice heard - and help us shape our vision for the future.”

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The SFRS’s aim is to develop a flexible three year programme that will include an annual operating plan. This will be published each year and monitored on a quarterly basis by the board and the service’s strategic leadership team.

The consultation runs until July 18. See

firescotland.citizenspace.com

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