Duns Fire Service changes

Full time fire service staff that had been based at Duns have been moved to Galashiels.

Responsibility for fire and rescue services in the Duns area has reverted back to retained staff after the day shift system that had been operating at the station was discontinued.

In his report to Scottish Borders Council Police Fire & Rescue and Safer Communities Board last week, Local Senior Officer John Dickie said: “The day shift system based at Duns Fire station was discontinued as part of a trial to improve strategic cover at retained duty system stations in the Scottish Borders (Hawick and Galashiels).

“Staff from Duns were relocated to wholetime watches at Galashiels fire station.

“Staff at Galashiels act as a flexible resource and when required are deployed to all Scottish Borders in order to maintain fire cover to local communities.”

He added: “The provision of fire appliances throughout the orders has not been affected by service reform.”