To: All Members
At 12.18am on Thursday, 25th August the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire at an unoccupied building in Greenock. The fire broke through the roof and 24 firefighters were engaged in fighting the fire. During the firefighting operations a firefighter was seriously injured following the collapse of an external wall. He is currently in Inverclyde Royal Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
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.
Fire chiefs in Scotland have been heavily criticised after it was revealed almost 1,000 posts have been axed in three years. It is now feared that lives will be put at risk because of a lack of staff.
Emergency calls to the fire service from the north east of Scotland will be handled in Dundee from November, it has been announced. Operations from Aberdeen and Inverness are moving to the new North Control in Dundee which is due to open by March. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said Aberdeen staff would move to temporary accommodation on 8 November. The Fire Brigades Union Scotland said there were still "significant concerns" about the move.