Closure of Inverness & Aberdeen Fire Control Rooms
Chief Fire Officer Alasdair Hay has announced the intended closure dates of the two Emergency Fire Control rooms in Aberdeen & Inverness and transferring operations to Dundee.
The Fire Brigades Union have a number of concerns over these closures and have continually sought assurances from the Chief Fire Officer that public and firefighter safety will not be compromised by this decision.
Chris McGlone, FBU EC Member for Scotland said -
"Closing two Emergency Fire Control rooms in the North of Scotland and transferring operations to Dundee remains a major concern. The FBU recognise the professionalism and dedication of all our remaining control room operators, who are very much part of our highly respected front-line emergency service and be reassured they will strive to continue to deliver a first class service to all of our communities across Scotland, despite their concerns and disappointment at their own local control room closing”
“However, the FBU would urge the Chief Fire Officer to personally reassure staff and members of the public that their safety will not be affected by the loss of valuable, highly skilled and experienced emergency control room staff in the North of Scotland when the closures finally come into effect towards the end of 2016.”
“Furthermore, that the CFO commits to ensuring that the three remaining control rooms in Scotland are fully staffed to the levels previously agreed when this initial, controversial decision was made.”