Tayside Fire and Rescue Board

Monday morning saw the last meeting of the Tayside Fire and Rescue Board prior to the election. The Agenda can be found here. The main item in the public section of the meeting was the presentation of the Best Value Audit of Tayside Fire and Rescue to the Board. I have previously made clear my concerns about this report. I think that there are things that the board needs to learn but I think that the report is undermined by the inherent contradiction in the report which on the one hand says that there is not enough challenge of officers and on the other hand the board was wrong not to just accept the views of the officers over the future of Balmossie Fire Station. There was a very interesting discussion about how the next Fire and Rescue Board and how it can improve its scrutiny.

There was also a report on the Towards a Safer Tayside 2012/13 consultation. I think that this is important event each year when the Fire Board looks for the views of local people on the fire service. There was an important discussion about how we can engage better with younger people in future consultations.

There will be further important news for Tayside Fire and Rescue Board later this week.