New Senior Fire Officer appointed

THE NEW Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross is a Fifer, David Stapley (pictured).

Mr Stapley’s appointment was among 17 announced to work across the 32 local authority areas in Scotland.

He was educated at Auchenharvie Academy and Carnegie College, Dunfermline.

His positions in the Fire Service have included group manager, station manager and technical manager.

On his Linkedin page, he states: “I am responsible for local service delivery within the area of what was previously Tayside Fire and Rescue. Key responsibilities include the following: developing local fire and rescue plans, identification of local priorities and objectives, engagement with partners and communities, management of resources, meeting the principles of best value and continuous improvement, partnership working to deliver community safety, and risk management.”

Chief Officer Alasdair Hay, SFRS, said: “Local Senior Officers will work with local authorities to provide effective links with local communities and ensure that as a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service we are delivering the benefits of fire reform at a local level.

“LSOs will ensure that communities across Scotland have a more equitable access to the full range of specialist fire and rescue service resources including water rescue, rope rescue, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and the personnel, equipment, training and facilities to deal with a wide range of issues from fires, road traffic collisions, major weather related events, the potential risks from a terrorist attack, significant industrial accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) response.

“They will also oversee the Prevention and Protection agenda for their respective areas ensuring that the public have access to the full range of community safety support from free home fire safety visits to specialist advice for individuals and organisations.”