Maddiston fire HQ to close

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The board of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the closure of Maddiston fire HQ.

At a meeting to decide the locations of the last two of its three fire control centres, the board took the decision to close the Maddiston facility, declared surplus to requirements last year. It will now be sold off as part of plans by the service to cut costs and increase frontline service delivery across Scotland.

At the moment Maddiston is used by the support team covering the East Service Delivery Area and home to civilian finance, human resources and administration personnel as well as qualified firefighters who train recruits and maintain fire engines and other equipment.

The decision to close Maddiston was confirmed by the board last November. Falkirk Council’s scrutiny committee was assured the service remains committed to a policy of no compulsory redundancies and staff at Maddiston will be offered choices including voluntary severance, early retirement or relocation and redeployment.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Gary Laing, Local Senior Officer for Falkirk and West Lothian, said: “With any change comes uncertainty and concerns but the service has engaged fully with staff and been able to give assurances.”

The service is working to a five-year plan to deliver its goals.

Today it will decide whether Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen or Inverness should be home to the two fire controls which will support the Johnstone Control already operating.