Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has criticised the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board and the Scottish Government over their “cloak and dagger” approach towards planned fire control centre closure in Dumfries. This comes after it emerged that local communities will not be consulted on plans which could see the closure of Dumfries fire control centre.
Mr Hume has hit out against the plans, warning that frontline fire services will suffer from the loss in local knowledge.
Jim Hume said: “Local communities will be appalled at the cloak-and-dagger approach employed by the SFRS. Dumfries fire control centre is facing closure and people living across Dumfries and Galloway have no opportunity to make their opinions heard.
“The SFRS must clearly outline the decision-making process going forward and pledge to consult with the public on this decision. Anything less would be unacceptable.
“The closure of Dumfries fire control centre would be damaging to our fire service’s ability to respond swiftly to emergencies. For a region with such remote rural communities it seems incomprehensible that this frontline service would be removed entirely.
“On such a fundamental change being proposed to our emergency services, I’m urging the SFRS board to listen to local concerns.”