Today (Monday 11th November), the Dumfries Fire Control Room took its last call before doors were closed for the final time. 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 move of the Fire Control Room is affecting a total of 16 staff members.
Commenting on the closure, Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“The closure of the Fire Service control room in Dumfries is another nail in the coffin for local services in Dumfries and Galloway, as a direct result of the SNP Government’s relentless centralisation agenda. What angers local people most is the fact that new civilian jobs are being created by the Police and Fire Service in other parts of Scotland, especially the central belt, but we are seeing a disproportionate number of posts cut in Dumfries and Galloway, as our area is fast becoming the forgotten region in the eyes of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh.”
Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown added:
“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”