Fire Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 21 January 2011.

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Photo of Marilyn Livingstone Marilyn Livingstone Labour

Question S3W-38759

To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the frontline service provided by the Fife Fire and Rescue Service will be maintained despite the recruitment freeze, reduced numbers of operational firefighters and continued budget pressures on the local authority.

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

In our statement on 12 January 2011, we set out the Scottish Government’s ambitions for improving the performance, local accountability and financial sustainability of Scotland’s fire and rescue services.

I understand that Fife Fire and Rescue Service is now facing cuts in its funding which may have an impact on frontline delivery this year.

Operational decisions are a matter for individual fire authorities. However, this situation clearly demonstrates why the Scottish Government is about to consult on options for structural reform of the Fire and Rescue Services. Only by doing so will we ensure that the frontline services that are of importance to the public in Fife, and throughout Scotland, are protected.

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