From the Herald on behalf of the UK-based Fire Brigades Union and with the intention of challenging another aspect of SNP Government performance:
SCOTLAND’s fire brigades are tackling emergencies during the pandemic with nearly 800 fewer firefighters than eight years ago, leading to concerns the nation is not ready to deal with new threats. The Fire Brigades Union has sounded alarm bells as data reveals that the numbers of firefighters and control room staff have dropped by 11% from 7197 in 2011/12 to 6406 in 2019/20.
It was actually, in Scotland, only 123 or 4%:
The report is strangely based on UK statistics and references to a ‘post-Grenfell building safety crisis.’
Is there a post-Grenfell building safety crisis in Scotland, with different regulations and a history of zero comparable fires? Not according, to the evidence here:
As for those ‘800 fewer firefighters’ was that just a lazy Anglocentric calculation of Scotland’s share of the 11 000, 19% drop across the UK and not actual data for Scotland?
In the same period, deaths in fires fell from 62 to 44, a 29% fall.
In the same period ‘retained duty’ (firefighters) staff have been reduced from 3 076 to 2 953, down 123 or 4%.
Finally, even if there were staff reductions, might that be a science-based development?
There were 38 723 fire incidents in 2009/10. In 2018/19, there were 26 712, 31% fewer fires but only 11%, according to the Herald, 4% in reality, fewer firefighters.