SFRS and Police stage engagement event for Moray elected members
29 May 2015
The event is an opportunity for SFRS and Police Scotland to highlight to local members and council officials the key challenges and opportunities facing both organisations
Caption (left to right) Local Senior Officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire David Rout, Chair of the Public Protection Committee Eric McGillivray, Chair of the Moray Police and Fire Services Committee Cllr Ron Shepherd and retained firefighters from Elgin, Stuart Leil and Ian Cargill
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland are today (29 May 2015) staging a joint engagement event for local elected members and Moray Council officials to provide an overview of the key challenges and opportunities facing both organisations in the area.
The event is a follow on from discussion between both organisations and elected members at a recent meeting of the Moray Police and Fire Services Committee.
The event will also provide elected members and officials with an opportunity to view local and national assets (appliances and equipment) from the respective organisations.
There are inputs from Local Senior Officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire David Rout, Elgin Station Manager Anna Rodgers and Police Scotland Chief Inspector for Moray and Aberdeenshire, Chief Inspector Willie Findlay.
The event is taking place throughout the day today at Elgin Community Fire Station, Wards Road and started at 10am.
LSO David Rout said: “As we progress with the consultation and engagement of the SFRS Strategic Plan and implementation of Moray Local Fire and Rescue Plan police it is essential we have a close working relationship between staff, elected members and the wider community.
“This engagement event aims to highlight how both organisations are continuing to provide and deliver a high level of service to the communities in Moray.”
On the day Elgin Fire Station’s Blue Watch will be demonstrating and explaining the use of a variety of pieces of equipment including a fire appliance, breathing apparatus sets, all-terrain vehicle, water rescue equipment, DIM (Detection and Identification Monitoring) vehicle and road traffic collision kits to name but a few.
Police Scotland will also be bringing along one of its road policing vehicles, armed response unit and a traffic car.
Police Scotland’s Commander for Moray and Aberdeenshire, Chief Inspector Willie Findlay said: “We welcome the opportunity to strengthen relationships with the local Councillors and give them the opportunity to gain awareness of some of the wider specialist resources available to local officers in Moray, which are not based in Moray."