31 January 2018Community Asset Register
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launched the Community Asset Register (CAR) in 2017.
Essentially this is a register of volunteers who have a particular asset or skill which they feel could be used to support emergency services and responders at an incident.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are seeking people who are interested in putting their names forward for this register.
Any questions should be sent to SFRS.CommunityAssetRegister@firescotland.gov.uk
Examples include someone with a boat who could be called in times of flooding to assist evacuate people from houses to a place of safety. Similarly someone with a 4X4 may be used in times of severe snow to transport vulnerable people to a community hall.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to gauge how often a volunteer will be requested.
Mobilisations can be determined by severe weather, a specific type of asset/skill required for the incident, the emergency services availability and resources in the area and the location of the volunteer.
It must be stressed that even when someone has registered, they are under no obligation to mobilise when they are called by the Operations Control centre.
For anyone to register an interest and request a form they would be required to email: SFRS.CommunityAssetRegister@firescotland.gov.uk and a registration form will be sent to be completed along with guidelines on how to complete the registration process.