Duns Fire Station is operating at 50 per cent staffing level

Duns Fire Station
Duns Fire Station
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Duns Fire Station only has six retained firefighters and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently trying to recruit more.

“We did a large recruitment campaign in October where we had adverts on Radio Borders over three weeks and we approached the local businesses,” said a service spokesperson.

“We also held open nights at the station as well as having posters and banners displayed in the area. Interviews are taking place today (Tuesday) for candidates and we hope to find new recruits from these interviews.

“We are always recruiting in the area and anyone interested can pop into the station for more information.

The figure was revealed at last week’s Berwickshire Area Forum meeting after it was suggested that a representative from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which took over from regional brigades in April last year, be invited to speak to a future meeting of the forum.

Borders councillors were contacted by the Fire Brigade Union at the beginning of this week seeking support in their fight to stop the closure of most of Scotland’s emergency fire control rooms.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Board are due to make a decision this month on how many control rooms to keep and where they should be located. They are considering reducing the number from eight to three, having rejected an initial plan to operate from two control centres.

Mid Berwickshire councillor, John Greenwell, said: “With the concern shown at Duns the other evening about recruitment of firemen and the request for a presentation by the fire service, we should be concerned about this.

“Police front desks going, traffic wardens going, now this, what next?”