Project Summary & Objectives
Scottish Government – Independent Review of Open Water Rescue Arrangements
Concerned that Scotland should have a coherent understanding of the risks arising from its extensive inland waters, and be able to ensure an appropriate level of coordinated preventative measures and proportionate provision of rescue capacity, Droman Limited was commissioned by the Minister for Community Safety in the Scottish Government to conduct a full review and submit recommendations for legal, structural or procedural change.
Parliament welcomes the findings of Paddy Tomkins’ Independent Review of Open Water and Flood Rescue in Scotland, which examined the arrangements and protocols for inland water rescue in Scotland, and believes that the report’s recommendations should be carefully considered and acted on in order to strengthen multi-agency arrangements and ensure that an effective and proportionate response capability exists across Scotland.Fergus Ewing, MSP, Minister for Community Safety
Scottish Ministers set the following terms of reference for the review of:
The resources and capabilities of all agencies currently involved in water rescue emergencies
Whether there was a need for changes in current operational arrangements between responders
The review was framed on the EFQM model, examining the following areas:
Partnership & Resources
Policy and Strategy
Value Delivered to Client
We led a wide-ranging review over six months, including public consultation, a professional advisory group, and the involvement of key agencies and interest groups. Our report, subsequently debated and welcomed in the Scottish Parliament, made 15 recommendations – all of which were accepted by the Scottish Government.
Recognising the challenging strategic context, we outlined practical and cost-effective steps covering the policy areas of policing, fire and rescue, search and rescue, health care and education to deliver enhanced public safety
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