Fire service hit back

The Fire and Rescue Service Scotland have hit back at suggestions they cancelled the community Bonfire and Fireworks in Whithorn scheduled for this weekend.

A spokesman for Fire and Rescue Scotland said: “Claims the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service cancelled this event are entirely inaccurate.

“The community council applied to the local authority for a license to run a fireworks display and bonfire at Whithorn Fire Station without consulting the fire service and without putting measures in place to ensure it would be safely organised.

“We were obliged to advise that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service does not hold public liability insurance to run bonfires or fireworks displays, but made clear we did not want the event to be cancelled.

“We suggested the community council run their event on the land adjacent to the station and said that firefighters who chose to be involved could do so in a personal capacity, provided that those ‘on-call’ could still respond to emergencies.

“Despite this suggestion the community council opted to cancel their event. We hope the organisers will plan for next year to ensure they can deliver a safe and sustainable event.”