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More than 800 signatures on Fire Control room petition

Emergency calls will be answered outside the Highlands and Islands.

Emergency calls will be answered outside the Highlands and Islands.

More than 800 people signed a petition in Stornoway last Saturday in opposition to plans to close the Fire Control Room in Inverness.

Local campaigners argue the closure will mean a loss of local knowledge and will mean emergency fire calls from the Western Isles are answered at centres outwith the Highlands and Islands.

A team will be out and about again today (Saturday) collecting more signatures for the petition which will be presented to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

Stornoway councillor Charlie Nicolson said they were delighted with the response and the campaign had shown the community were not happy with the plans at all.

Petitions will also be distributed around rural Lewis and in Harris.

The petition states: “We the undersigned believe not only will this be a loss of careers to many but this also will put many lives at direct risk, through the loss of local knowledge that can not be replicated by computers or persons elsewhere.”

They draw attention to the size of the Highlands and Islands region and also the diverse number of dialects and the Gaelic language.

 

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