Maddiston fire HQ to close

Bosses of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed Maddiston will close, but standards of fire cover will not drop
Bosses of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed Maddiston will close, but standards of fire cover will not drop
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The fire and rescue service control centre at Maddiston will close - but bosses have pledged the standard of front line cover across the district will not be hit as a result.

Councillors were given details of how the new-look Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will operate at a meeting of the council’s scrutiny committee.

Group manager Joe Andrews presented a report from Local Senior Officer for Falkirk and West Lothian Gary Laing.

It confirmed the former headquarters of Central Scotland Fire and Rescue has been identified as no longer being required and its support role will be transferred to either the service delivery centre at Newbridge outside Edinburgh or the new national HQ when a site for that is agreed.

The stores and workshop facilities will also move to Newbridge and control room duties to either the second or third of the the new control rooms planned for either Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness or Edinburgh.

In his report Gary Laing stressed: “The strategy does not impact on frontline service delivery that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provides within the Falkirk area. Frontline fire stations and appliances were not included in the review and remain unchanged at this time. Training for operational staff will continue to be delivered locally in the Falkirk area or East Service Delivery area.”

The committee was told the SFRS remains committed to a policy of no compulsory redundancies and any staff affected by the closure of Maddiston will be offered choices including voluntary severance, early retirement or relocation and redeployment. Councillors will also be kept “fully informed” about how the service intends to dispose of the Maddiston site.

It may take up to five years to implement all the recommendations.