Criticism over lack of clarity on station

Montrose Fire Station: No 'clear assurance' on future, according to MSP Nanette Milne.'Staff photograph

Montrose Fire Station: No 'clear assurance' on future, according to MSP Nanette Milne.'Staff photograph

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NORTH east MSP Nanette Milne is again seeking an assurance that retained and volunteer fire services will be maintained after the launch of the new single national fire and rescue service.

Scotland currently has 241 retained fire stations, and 61 volunteer fire stations, largely based in rural areas and, in Angus, Tayside Fire and Rescue currently has strategically located retained fire stations in Montrose, Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar and Kirriemuir.

Dr Milne has called upon the Scottish Government to ensure Tayside’s services are safeguarded.

She said: “There is an ever-growing number of questions regarding the future of community based retained fire station under the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“Scottish Conservatives have raised a number of concerns with the SNP Scottish Government regarding the future of rural retained fire stations prior to the establishment of a single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. SNP Ministers have responded, simply stating that is an operational matter – not providing clear assurances over the future of Scotland’s retained fire stations.

“Most retained fire stations are provided to meet the needs of emergencies in rural communities. There is therefore growing concern that the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service could look to close some of Scotland’s retained and volunteer fire services.”