Fire and ambulance merger mooted
Calls have been made for fire and ambulance services in Scotland to merge.
Calls have been made for the merger of fire and ambulance
services in Scotland.
Mike Raeburn, convener of Grampian Joint Fire and Rescue Board,
has suggested that such a merger would benefit all involved by
cutting costs, according to the Press and Journal.
It is indicated that housing the administrative and logistical
centres for both departments would enable levels of output to be
Reduced maintenance costs would also be a benefit, as would the
housing of senior officers from both groups in a combined
He told the news provider: "The UK is one of the few countries
in the world - I think the only one in Europe - that has a separate
fire and ambulance service.
"I don't see any reason, when we're having to make substantial
savings, why we continue to have both."
Mr Raeburn went on to say that one could only "trim the fat off
the steak so much" and eventually "have to shoot another cow".