North East MSP Mike Rumbles has written to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services’ Chief Officer and the Scottish Government’s Minister for Community Safety after it emerged that four stations in the city could be under threat of closure due to problems with staffing and resources.
The possible reduction or an end to services at stations at Macalpine Road, Blackness Road, Kingsway East and Balmossie in Broughty Ferry were brought to light after documents addressed to a senior member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue service were leaked to the press.
Dundee Liberal Democrat councillors Craig Duncan and Fraser Macpherson have also raised their concerns. Both local councillors have a station in each of their wards and both want assurances that all four Dundee fire stations have a long-term future.
Liberal Democrat MSP, Mr Rumbles said: “I am very concerned to hear of reports of a number of serious issues facing the city’s fire brigade. I understand that possible staff changes may be part of an ongoing internal process, however I believe it is now vital to reassure local residents and provide clarity on the matter.
“Many people who live in Dundee or have family in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be concerned by the reports of staffing and resource issues. That is why I have called on the Minister responsible and the Chief Fire Officer to clearly set out what discussions have been had and what changes are being proposed.”
Cllr Craig Duncan, The Ferry Ward councillor said: “This is an issue of public safety and the community. Balmossie Fire Station in my ward, for example, has a long and successful history service to our community.
"It would be a great pity if any of Dundee's currently available Firefighting expertise were to be in any way reduced, downgraded or compromised. In a service where professionalism and experience are critical to delivering rapid response times and effective delivery of a vital service, Balmossie in particular needs to have the certainty of repeated and unhelpful attempts to diminish its status, which can only undermine moral and alarm the community it serves.”
Notes for editors:
- Please find letters from Mike Rumbles MSP to the Chief Fire Office, Alasdair Hay, and the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Anabelle Ewing MSP, attached.
- Cllr Craig Duncan - 07810 050534
- Cllr Fraser Macpherson – 07899 877883