Highlands & Islands

Orkney, Shetland and Highland fire units to end

Three retained fire stations in the Northern Isles and a community response unit in the Highlands are to be discontinued.

The stations on Foula and Outer Skerries in Shetland, Flotta in Orkney, and Boat of Garten's community unit have been deemed not sustainable.

Highlands and Islands Fire Service chiefs had recommended closure.

Highland and Islands Fire Board agreed to the recommendation at a meeting held earlier in Inverness.

Fire bosses looked at staffing levels, incidents dealt with, and how cover could be provided from elsewhere.

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