Public meeting to discuss fire service

A public meeting will be held at Stornoway Fire Station on Wednesday night (May 9) at 6.30pm to discuss the future of Fire and Rescue Services.

Deputy Chief Fire Officers Stewart Edgar and Mike Holme will attend the community engagement event to discuss the critical Best Value Report and the sustainability of Fire Stations across the region.

In a statement, Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said: “The last few weeks have certainly been a challenging time for Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service with prominent press coverage concerning our Best Value Report and the sustainability of Fire Stations.

“Friday 30th March marked the end of a series of Fire Board meetings which have allowed a clearer and more positive direction to be defined for the Service and the communities we serve. We are committed to keeping the communities of the Highlands and Islands up to date on the debate and outcome of these meetings.

“The Service needs to closely examine its arrangements for providing a fire and rescue service to our communities. How that will finally look will vary from area to area and will, in some way, partly depend on the ability of individuals within the community to assist in making a Fire Station sustainable within a Best Value Framework.

“To this end, and in order to relay the outcome of the debate and any speculation about the future, HIFRS will soon be embarking on a number of open public meetings with our communities.”

The meeting in Stornoway will be followed by events across the region including Benbecula on May 30 at 6.30pm in Balivanich Community Hall.