MSP criticises fire control room plans

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has visited Aberdeen’s under-threat fire control room.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board last week knocked back original proposals which would have reduced the number of centres to two, citing issues with resilience as reason to retain three control centres.

The North East MSP said after her tour of the control room: “My visit reinforced my view that the proposals to close five of Scotland’s eight fire control rooms are simply wrong.

“The provision of regional fire control centres is about more than money. It is about saving lives. The knowledge which the control room staff have is a skill that should not be underestimated or lost on a political whim.”

The proposals to retain three will now be put out to public consultation. It is expected that Johnstone will be retained, with the other two - from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness or Dundee - to be decided by consultation.