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Community / Fire service wants feedback from north communities

AN APPEAL has been made for people in the north of Scotland to give their thoughts on how the fire service is run and its future direction.

The consultation comes in conjunction with the recent draft Scottish Fire and Rescue Service strategic plan for 2019-22.

Deputy assistant chief officer for the north of Scotland David Farries said: “We want to do so much more for our communities in the North of Scotland, and this is a direct appeal to those who live and work here to have their say on how we propose to do that.

“These plans are the result of a monumental effort and a lot of thought has been invested into how we will move forward and meet new challenges and emerging risks – such as population change and climate change.”

Farries added that prevention is the “cornerstone of what we do, and we have already seen the number of house fires vastly reduced over the last 20 years”.

Feedback provided through the latest consultation will be reviewed to inform the final strategic plan, which will be published in October after it has been approved by the ministers and laid before parliament.

The consultation will run until 18 July. It can be accessed online here.