Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service
|Region||Lothian and Borders|
|Chief Fire Officer||Jimmy Campbell|
|Facilities and equipment|
Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service was a Local Authority fire and rescue service covering an area of 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2) of south east Scotland, and serving a total population of 890,000. It was amalgamated into the single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in April 2013.
The last Chief Officer, Jimmy Cambell, started his career as a Fireman with the Service in 1975, before moving to other Services through promotion. He returned as its Chief Officer in April 2010.
Amalgamation in 2013
Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, along with the other seven fire and rescue services across Scotland, was amalgamated into a single, new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 1 April 2013. This replaced the previous system of eight regional fire and rescue services across Scotland which had existed since 1975. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has its headquarters in Perth.
Up until March 2013 there were:
- 20 Retained only fire stations
- 9 Wholetime only stations
- 3 Day Shift Duty System (DSDS) stations (wholetime cover on weekdays, retained cover at night and weekends)
- 3 Wholetime and retained stations
- 1 Wholetime & DSDS station
Its Headquarters were located at Lauriston Place in Edinburgh, which also houses The Museum of Fire, and it had separate training and Logistical Support Centres at Goldenacre and Newbridge.
Regional Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland 1975-2013
The following eight regional fire and rescue services (originally known as fire brigades) were merged on 1 April 2013, creating the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service:
- Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service
- Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service
- Fife Fire and Rescue Service
- Grampian Fire and Rescue Service
- Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service
- Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service
- Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service
- Tayside Fire and Rescue Service
The same boundaries were also used for the eight territorial police forces, which were amalgamated into Police Scotland on 1 April 2013.
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