Posts Tagged "Scottish Fire and Rescue Service"

Scotland’s fire chief: Give me the funds to deal with terror attack

The UK Government must exempt the cash-strapped Scottish Fire and Rescue Service from an annual VAT bill of £10 million so that it can afford to pay for reforms which will see firefighters trained to respond to marauding terror attacks…

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Nightclub evacuated after washing machine catches fire

An Edinburgh nightclub was evacuated after a washing machine caught fire in its basement. The blaze broke out at Opal Lounge on George Street at about 8.40pm on Sunday night. Five fire engines were sent to the scene and firefighters…

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North Ayrshire’s 7 towers do not have the life saving sprinklers

Not one of the seven tower blocks in North Ayrshire has a sprinkler system, it was confirmed this week. The revelation comes in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster on June 14, which saw more than 80 people…

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Man sparked £5k Eildon Hills rescue after falsely claiming he was injured

A serial time waster falsely claimed he had injured himself and sparked a £5,000 hillside rescue operation because he wanted to make friends with the emergency services. Michael Cumiskey dialled 999 to say he had a back injury and a…

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SNP: Tories withhold £140m from Scotland’s emergency services

The SNP has accused the Tories of withholding £140m from Scotland’s police and fire services over the last four years. Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are the only blue-light services unable to recover their VAT bill…

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Rennie to call for police and fire services to keep £35m VAT a year

The Scottish LibDems will today launch their election manifesto with a call to let Scotland’s police and fire services keep the £35m they lose each year to the Treasury in VAT. Leader Willie Rennie will say the “anomaly” can no…

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Firefighters’ union leader warns of service in crisis

Scotland’s chief fire officer will be told this week that his service is in crisis with firefighters feeling “undervalued, under paid” and “under huge stress”, and that because of cutbacks fire engines are sitting idle and unable to protect communities….

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Ferenze Golf Club in Barrhead set on fire by vandals for second time in four days

A barrhead golf course has been set on fire for the second time in four days. Firebugs caused a wildfire at Fereneze Golf Club last night. Emergency services were called to the scene just before 8.45pm. An image shared on…

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Scottish fire chiefs to consider using budget vans without full rescue equipment

Cut-price fire trucks carrying only a fraction of the equipment of a traditional appliance could be introduced across Scotland. A senior officer has been tasked with examining the feasibility of introducing “tactical response vehicles” to the Scottish fire service. The…

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Fire services attend large blaze at factory on Harris

The fire is reported to be at a net cleaning factory. A fire has broken out at a factory on the Isle of Harris. Emergency services were called to the incident at around 4.30pm in Scalpay. Five fire appliances attended…

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