Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles is due to meet with the Deputy Chief Officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Iain Bushell, early next month (December), where he will seek reassurances about the future of the four fire stations in Dundee.
Mr Rumbles wrote to the Chief Fire Officer earlier this month, after it emerged that no assurances were forthcoming from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service over future resources for the city’s four stations in the city. Residents have expressed their fears that stations at Macalpine Road, Blackness Road, Kingsway East and Balmossie in Broughty Ferry could face cuts, after troubling 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 raised their own concerns about fire stations in each of their wards.
Mr Rumbles said: “I welcome this opportunity to speak to the Deputy Chief Officer in person. He has reassured me that no decisions have yet been made and that none will be until the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have conducted a full and meaningful public consultation. He has warned me, however, that a new ‘model’ is being discussed for the city.
“There is always room for improvement but the fire service in Dundee has been working well. It is disturbing that financial pressure and Scottish Government centralisation could now force a reduction of the ‘whole-time’ service in the city. I have yet to receive a response from the Minister on this matter but I have made my concerns very clear.”
Ferry Ward Councillor Craig Duncan said: “What matters now is for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Government to give a full commitment to local people that there will be no reduction in the service for Dundee. So far, we have had neither reassurances nor clarity from either the Officers or the Ministers responsible.
“The station in my own ward at Balmossie has a long history and decades of service in the community and across the city. That it is under threat, not for the first time, is totally unacceptable and what makes matters worse is that staff, families and residents have been kept in the dark.”
Notes for editors:
• Cllr Craig Duncan - 07810 050534
• Cllr Fraser Macpherson – 07899 877883