MP slams centralisation as doors close on control centre

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Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has today slammed the closure of the Dumfries fire control room just months after the police control centre met the same fate.

Control room services for the south west of Scotland will now be provided from Johnstone in Renfrewshire, about 85 miles from Dumfries. This follows the closure of the Dumfries Police Control Room in May, which resulted in the loss of 30 jobs, despite strong opposition from the local community.

The MP said: “It is deeply saddening to witness the closure of the Dumfries Fire Control Room. I’d like to thank not only the 16 members of staff this decision directly affects but the hundreds of people who have worked in the control room over the years serving our region. This closure comes soon after the Police control room closed and local people will now be wondering what the Scottish Government will cut next in our region, with understandable fears about the future of Police Stations and Fire Stations. It shows that sadly both the Fire and Police service do not live up to the name of a Scotland wide service. If we did truly have a national service, Dumfries and Galloway would get its fair share of civilian posts but that isn’t happening.”