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Fire and ambulance merger mooted

Calls have been made for fire and ambulance services in Scotland to merge.

28 April 2010

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 reigned in.

Reduced maintenance costs would also be a benefit, as would the housing of senior officers from both groups in a combined headquarters.

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".

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