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Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (HIFRS) has went on the record to reassure the communities that it serves.

Following recent media coverage which suggested that a number of stations across the region may be “under threat” HIFRS Chief Fire Officer Johnson said: “It is not our intention to close or suspend any fire stations within the Highlands and Islands.

HIFRS assured the public that it will be fully consulted on the future of fire stations, recognising that fire fighters need the necessary training to secure their own safety and provide their communities with safe cover.

At its meeting in Inverness last Friday, Board members acknowledged a report from their Chief Fire Officer, which highlighted the lack of cover and appropriate training competence at some fire stations across the board area.

The Board is to invite Representative Bodies (including the Fire Brigades Union and Retained Firefighters Union) to a seminar being held in Inverness on February 24th to discuss the criteria against which the Board can assess the sustainability of stations.

A special meeting of the full Fire Board will be held on Friday 2 March to further consider the criteria.