Back in October 2017 the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launched the Community Asset Register (CAR).
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. 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. Further information about the CAR can be found on the link below:
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.