South Scotland

Dumfries fire service control room closes

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is closing its Dumfries control room, part of nationwide moves to reduce the total number from eight to three.

The move, which affects 16 staff, was agreed earlier this year.

It follows the loss of the police control centre in the town in May despite strong opposition.

Control room services for the south west of Scotland will now be provided from Johnstone in Renfrewshire, about 85 miles from Dumfries.

The SFRS said the move to reduce control rooms would provide a "more resilient and sustainable model which supports and enhances operational activity".

'Sadly missed'

As well as Dumfries, sites in Aberdeen, Inverness, Fife and Falkirk were selected for closure while Johnstone, Edinburgh and Dundee remain open.

Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Ronnie Nicholson has criticised the move.

"I feel for the staff who worked locally and they did a fantastic job - they will be sadly missed by the locals," he said.

"They have been badly let down by their chiefs nationally who are intent on centralising as many jobs as possible.

"Once again Dumfries and Galloway is the forgotten region."

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