“Compelling case” for fire control rooms

North East MSP Alison McInnes
North East MSP Alison McInnes

A Liberal Democrat MSP has claimed there is a “compelling case” for retaining fire control rooms in Aberdeen and Dundee.

Alison McInnes pressed her demands at a meeting with Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham.

The North East MSP, who is the Scottish party’s justice spokesperson, is concerned about moves by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to reduce the number of control rooms across the country from eight to three, meaning that both facilities in the area could close.

Speaking after the meeting she said: “There is a compelling case for retaining fire control rooms in Aberdeen and Dundee. I highlighted this during my meeting with the Minister and have also done so in my representations to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“Fire control rooms should not be considered backroom assets alongside former HQ buildings. They coordinate and mobilise front line operations with the benefit of a wealth, sometimes decades worth, of local knowledge.

“That is why they cannot be sold off without impacting upon the ability of the fire service to respond swiftly to emergencies and without eroding the service provided to local communities.”