The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has opened a new state-of-the-art facility which will combine three facilities, including Thornton in Fife, that had reached the end of their operational life.
Chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service board Pat Watters and chief officer Alasdair Hay formally opened the new East Service Delivery Headquarters and Asset Resource Centre at Newbridge in Edinburgh.
The Headquarters and Asset Resource Centre is part of a £1.9million investment in the east of the country and will serve Edinburgh, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Falkirk, West and East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.
It brings together 130 staff under one roof and pools the experience and expertise of teams from across Response and Resilience, Prevention and Protection, ICT and Maintenance.
Mr Watters said: “There can be no clearer demonstration of our commitment to keeping our communities safe across the east by bringing together our very best expertise and experience under one roof.
The new base combines the three facilities previously at Lauriston Place in Edinburgh, Maddiston in Falkirk and Thornton in Fife ensuring the SFRS has the resource needed to ensure the safety of communities across the East.
Mr Hay added: “I’d like to personally thank all of the staff involved for their hard work to ensure the move was delivered seamlessly, and for engaging so positively with the new facility.
“This new location gives us huge potential to extend our future capabilities in key areas such as training and development.”