Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland
Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland or HM Fire Service Inspectorate is an autonomous agency of the Scottish Government - based in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh, its function is to provide independent, risk based and proportionate professional inspection of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service it is also known simply as HMFSI, it is not a firefighting body. The HMFSI can however enquire into any matter concerning the operation of a fire and rescue service. The current HMFSI Chief Inspector is Steven Torrie. It is general practice for Chief Inspectors to have previously served as Firemaster or Chief Fire Officer - Torrie is a former CFO of Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service He holds the Queen's Fire Service Medal.
The HMFSI's main responsibilities include the following:
- Obtaining information on the part of the Scottish Ministers about the manner in which fire and rescue authorities are performing their functions
- Advising Scottish Ministers, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on professional and technical matters generally
- Providing advice to other government departments, professional associations, the Scottish Fire Service College, Audit Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive
- Inspection of the Fire and Rescue Service and public reporting thereon
- Attendance at public inquiries, where appropriate
- Assessment of fire safety activities including encouragement of contributions to community fire safety
- Developing of guidance and good practice for operational planning and delivery
- Helping to develop performance indicators for the Fire and Rescue Service
- Management of internal inspectorate resources
- Determining disputes between enforcing authorities and duty holders under section 67 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.
- Scottish Government
- Fire service in the United Kingdom
- Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)