Highlands & Islands

Fire board votes to wind up Knoydart and Eigg units

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service will shut down community response units in Knoydart and on Eigg.

The plans were considered at a fire board meeting in Inverness. The board voted 13-8 to wind up the units.

Senior officers said there were very low levels of activity and risk in the two areas.

They also said the units were unsustainable due to a lack of suitable personnel and it would cost £420,000 to bring them up to standard.

Officers have proposed putting in place local fire prevention measures and protection action plans to reduce risk and increase community safety.

Last year, HIFRS agreed to axe community response units in Boat of Garten in the Highlands and Sleat on Skye, as well as several others in the Northern Isles, because they were considered unsustainable.

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