Maddiston fire HQ to close in January

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The former Central Scotland fire services headquarters in Maddiston will close for good in January with staff moving to other control rooms.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) board announced it would shut last January and has now confirmed the date of the closure will be January 26 following the refurbishment of the control room in Edinburgh.

Staff in the building, who work in the east service delivery area covering civilian finance, human resources and administration, will be relocated to the Edinburgh centre, which has been refurbished, and the one in Johnstone.

The Maddiston control room also has qualified firefighters who train recruits and maintain fire engines and other equipment.

There are no compulsory redundancies as a result of the move.

The building to be sold off as part of plans to cut costs and increase frontline services across the country.

SFRS say the Edinburgh facility is state-of-the-art and will manage operations in Lothian and Borders, Fife and Central Scotland.

SFRS Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: “As well as equipping our professional and highly trained control staff with the latest modern technology, it will also give them wider exposure to the full range of incidents the service is likely to attend and so will improve our operational response.

“This will increase the capacity and resilience of our control rooms and will ensure not only the safety of the communities in Scotland but also the safety of our firefighters.”