Fire Chiefs give reassurance over island stations

Deputy Chief Fire Officers Stewart Edgar and Mike Holme with local firefighters and councillors.
Deputy Chief Fire Officers Stewart Edgar and Mike Holme with local firefighters and councillors.
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Highlands and Islands Fire Chiefs held a public meeting in Stornoway last night (Wednesday) and gave reassurance that there are no plans to close any island fire stations.

Deputy Fire Chiefs Mike Holmes and Stewart Edgar met with local firefighters, councillors and members of the public at Stornoway Fire Station as part of a series of events throughout the region.

They discussed their response to the critical Audit of Best Value of the fire service and said huge efforts were now underway to roll out training programmes.

They said all stations in the Western Isles were sustainable but that community support was needed to ensure that those stations were crewed. They also talked about the change to a Single Scottish Fire Service in April next year and what that would mean for the Western Isles.

For full story pick up next week’s Stornoway Gazette.