£200,000 pledge on fire services

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IN A PLEDGE to protect frontline services, Central Scotland Fire and Rescue will fill eight firefighter posts thanks to £200,000 saved by a management restructure.

At last Friday’s joint board meeting, members agreed the plans that will take effect over the next financial year.

Initially it was thought the posts - locations yet to be confirmed - would have to remain vacant.

The Central Scotland service covers Bo’ness, Blackness and Whitecross.

Chief Fire Officer Kenny Taylor said: “Following discussion within the senior management team, we decided to bring forward a planned rationalisation of our management structure to ensure that diminishing financial resource could be directed to areas of greatest need – those that relate directly to protection of the communities within Central Scotland.”

He added: “I believe that in these challenging times it is crucial that our service shows a strong lead in ensuring that core functions remain at the forefront of our planning processes and that our communities continue to receive the high level of service they have come to expect.”