Caption: (Left to right) SFRS Assistant Chief Officer and Director of Service Delivery for the north Robert Scott, George Cameron (SFRS Workshop Superviser), Sarah O'Donnell (SFRS Director of Finance and Contractual Services), Pat Watters (SFRS Board Chair) and SFRS Chief Officer Alasdair Hay
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) this week revealed that the first phase in the development of its workshop and asset resource centre in Inverness is now complete.
The completion of the first phase of works at the centre represents a £300,000 investment by the SFRS Board in the service's Inverness estate.
These works are set to be followed by further investment which is planned for this financial year.
SFRS Chief Officer, Alasdair Hay, said: "I am delighted to see the completion of the first phase of this important project, which will be of huge benefit to the Service in the North.
"This is a key part of the work to create an appropriate infrastructure for a single, national service.
"The investment by the Board ensures that this state of the art centre is now in a position to provide first class support to our operations and the new fuel centre will allow us to provide business continuity during incidents or should we be faced with a situation which we have experienced in the past such as a fuel strike or fuel shortage."
Director of Service Delivery in the North, Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott, said: "This investment is critical in terms of bringing the workshop and the yard up to a modern specification, providing staff with an improved working environment as well as representing a long term commitment to the area.
"This work demonstrates a tangible investment in the north and highlights the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to providing investment across all areas of Scotland."
The centre is receiving the much needed upgrade to ensure the workshop and yard is fully fit for purpose and in a position to deliver support across the north service delivery area.
The upgrade work includes the installation of six electrically operated bay doors to open up work bays, a reconfiguration of the workshop and equipment, replacement of waste oil system and installation of lubrication system, the conversion of the paint area to ladder, equipment and hydraulic workshops and the upgrade of buildings (external and internal), fabric and decoration.
The works also include the supply and installation of vehicle lifts and associated equipment, a general overhaul/alteration of electrical infrastructure, heating and lighting, perimeter security improvements and the installation of a new 20,000-litre fuel tank to provide the service with enhanced resilience.
Chair of the SFRS Board, Pat Watters, said: "This £300,000 investment by the SFRS Board in the North Service Delivery area is another excellent example of our intention to ensure capital investment across the service and provide equitable access to high quality services to support our fire and rescue activities across Scotland.
"These works future proof the service's operations in the north and we are proud to announce the completion of phase one of the works today. Further investment in the asset resource centre is planned for this financial year."
He added: "Our Property and Fleet Services teams worked exceptionally hard to design and award the contract then manage the contractors to deliver this excellent facility on time and within budget.
"One of the clear benefits of fire reform is that it enables us to use very experienced, professional technical staff that can be mobilised from other parts of the country to deliver these major projects across any location in Scotland.
"This assists us in ensuring that we can reduce external costs in delivering these projects to meet the requirements of our operational colleagues."
Caption: (Left to right) Scott Roberts (SFRS Scottish Fleet Manager), Iain Morris (SFRS Head of Asset Management), Sarah O'Donnell (SFRS Director of Finance and Contractual Services), Pat Watters (SFRS Board Chair), SFRS Chief Officer Alasdair Hay, George Cameron (SFRS Workshop Superviser), Tony Whyte (SFRS Fleet Workshop Manager - North)