Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today warned that recent incidents such as the Grenfell Tower fire show that cuts to the fire service in Scotland are unsustainable, after a new report from the Fire Brigades Union revealed that over 1,000 frontline fire officer positions have been lost in the past seven years.
The report Fire and Rescue Service Matters shows that 1,024 fire officers have been lost since 2010, a fall of 13.3%. The report also shows that 75 positions have been cut in 2016-17.
Mr McArthur said:
“Our fire services do essential work in the most difficult of conditions but these figures show that their jobs are being made harder and harder.
“This year’s cuts take the number of fire officers lost in the past seven years to over 1000. In the wake of horror stories like the Grenfell Tower disaster, the public will be shocked to hear that the number of fire officers in Scotland has fallen so drastically.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats have been warning for years about the threat posed by the centralisation of Scotland’s fire service. SNP ministers must now explain how the loss of so many fire officers in Scotland is likely to improve public safety.”