Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, is welcoming a report for next week’s fire service board recommending that the fire control room at Tollcross in Edinburgh should be retained but she is expressing sadness at the continued threat to jobs in centres including Inverness and Aberdeen.
The Edinburgh centre faced the axe as part of a property review following the creation of the new single service – another Scottish Government centralisation that the Scottish Greens campaigned against.
Last October Ms Johnstone raised her concerns with the chair of the fire board, and shevisited the Tollcross control room to hear the concerns of affected staff first-hand.
“Having met with affected staff at the Edinburgh control room I naturally welcome what looks like a reprieve for them. But I remain saddened by the prospect of other centres such as Inverness and Aberdeen facing closure, and the loss of local knowledge and expertise.
“These plans were bungled by the single fire service board. They were not discussed in advance with the highly skilled workers affected and management will clearly have some work to do to repair staff relations. Those regions set to lose their centres must have assurances that local needs will still be met.”