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More fire fighters needed

SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has urged more islanders to train as fire fighters to help save local fire stations from closing.

Mr Scott said he was “encouraged” after speaking with deputy chief Stewart Edgar of the Highlands and Islands Fire Service about the threatened closure of stations on Whalsay, Fair Isle, Bressay and in Walls.

The MSP said Mr Edgar had been “refreshingly direct” about the challenges the fire service faces and could offer no guarantees that stations would remain open.

Mr Scott said: “Shetland is fortunate to have many people who give up their time to man the local stations. I want to encourage more Shetlanders to come forward given how important the service is to the islands.

“More trained men and women mean that a local station is much safer as the reviews across the highlands and islands take place.”

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