An joint emergency service control room covering all Shetland’s blue light services should be examined by the Scottish Government Tavish said today.
Earlier at Holyrood he asked the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to examine the merits of a joint control room to avoid the mistakes in calls outs that have happened in the past. The Scottish Government recently centralised the fire control room serving Shetland to Dundee. An air ambulance was sent to Shetland instead of Orkney.
Commenting after Justice questions in Parliament, Tavish said:
“Emergency crews across all our vital services are stretched enough without the additional pressure of having to check whether the centralised control rooms have made a mistake. And mistakes happen.
“A control room based in the islands could reduce this pressure. It would bring all Shetland’s blue light emergency services under one roof in responding to any incident on land or at sea. That would be a new and better approach for the islands. Many experts in Shetland have looked at this and believe it would be sensible for the government to examine the proposal. Government must be interested in what works, what can most effectively improve response times and how local knowledge of geography can be used. I will continue to press the government to keep an open mind on this.”
You can read Tavish's exchange with the Justice Secretary here.