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Fire control centre closures show impact of SNP centralisation obsession

January 31, 2014 9:05 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said news that five out of eight fireAlison McInnesAlison McInnes control rooms are close across Scotland shows the uncompromising nature of the SNP's obsession with centralisation.

Frontline fire control rooms in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dumfries, Fife and Falkirk are to close following a decision by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"This shows the uncompromising nature of the SNP's obsession with centralisation. The appeals of local communities have fallen on deaf ears and the axe has fallen on fire control rooms across Scotland.

"My thoughts are also with the many talented and dedicated fire control room staff facing job losses across Scotland. They have played an integral role in saving the lives of many people.

" I have real concerns that communities north and south of the central belt will suffer from the lack of crucial local knowledge needed for time-critical emergencies.

"Local communities and frontline fire control room staff have been failed today by a government which puts a premium on power over local services."