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North Ayrshire councillors visit police and fire service hubs

Posted on 23 Nov 2022

North Ayrshire Councillors had the privilege of being given tours of the nerve centres of the Police and the Fire and Rescue services.

Elected members Donald Reid, Davina McTiernan, John Glover and Depute Provost John Sweeney - all members of the Police and Fire Rescue Committee - went on a visit to Police Scotland’s C3 Division.

This is the force’s Contact, Command & Control Division, in Glasgow, where staff receive 101 and 999 calls.

Officers and staff at the busy hub gave a presentation about Police Scotland’s command and control processes and the committee members were then given a tour of the facilities.

Visits to Scottish Fire & Rescue Service bases followed this as Councillors Donald Reid, Davina McTiernan, Nairn McDonald, Donald L Reid and Depute Provost John Sweeney were welcomed to the National Training Centre in Cambuslang and Operations Control in Johnstone.

The Service gave a strategic overview and Committee members were given a tour of the training facilities and Operations Control base, where staff receive calls and coordinate emergency responses.

The purpose of the visits was to give everyone an insight into the great work that is done by both organisations to support the implementation of local operating arrangements for Police and Fire and Rescue services in North Ayrshire.

Councillor Donald Reid, chair of the Police and Fire and Rescue Committee, said: “It was really interesting to get an insight into the work these two crucial emergency services do.

“I would like to thank both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service for making us welcome and showing us how things work at the nerve centres of their operations.

“The visits will assist the Committee in its role of scrutinising the planning, delivery and outcomes of both services at a local level.”