This week at FMQ’s I questioned the First Minister on cuts to our Fire and Rescue services.
It is sadly the case that Scotland has lost 24% of its fire safety inspecting officers since 2013/14 and it is the responsibility of Government to make sure that the Fire and Rescue Service has the resources that it needs.
I have talked to many firefighters and have met the Fire Brigades Union, and some serious concerns are being raised. Despite ministers’ assurances that they would protect the front line, the FBU says that more than 700 front-line firefighter jobs have gone. There are growing concerns about whether staffing levels are adequate and about the future of fire stations.
We need assurances that there will be no further job cuts and closures. We need to stop any further cuts.