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McInnes warns that SNP are failing to grasp the importance of fire control centres

October 11, 2013 2:28 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes said that the SNP government has fundamentally misunderstood the importance of local frontline emergency services.

During General Questions this week, Ms McInnes asked the Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham about the planned closure of the majority of fire emergency control rooms in Scotland.

Ms McInnes questioned the rationale behind the decision pointing to the fact it had been guided by a property management report that put the possible value of assets to be sold ahead of consideration of local safety.

Commenting after General Questions, Ms McInnes said:

"It's totally inappropriate to take the decision to close five out of eight fire control rooms on the back of a property management report. The business case that accompanies this has not even been made public.

"I urged the minister to recognise that fire control rooms are unlike typical backroom assets such as vehicle workshops or old HQ buildings. Control rooms are absolutely a front line service and as such they cannot be flogged off without impacting upon the emergency response service that they provide to their local communities.

"SNP ministers are making a grave error in failing to grasp the unique significance of control rooms."