SFRS welcomes back returning control room firefighters to help protect Scotland during COVID-19

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By Jamie Milligan

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 Area Commander Libby Logan has welcomed the returning staff.

Ten former control room firefighters have returned to their roots to help the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service protect communities during COVID-19.

The returning staff have rejoined their colleagues, having recently retired or moved to pastures new.

The move is part of a host of contingency plans launched across the SFRS.

The service has also appealed for recently retied firefighters and specialist staff to return to duty.

Control room firefighters are helping to manage Scotland's response to COVID-19 by strategically managing the SFRS response to emergencies across the country.

The dedication from all control room staff has delighted Operations Control (OC) Area Commander Libby Logan.

She said: "We have been proactive in going out and talking with people who have recently become wholetime firefighters, left or retired.

"At the moment, we have been delighted to welcome back ten people to help support the three control rooms.

"We have been giving these colleagues refresher training and making them aware of the strategies we have in place to help support OC staff. We have also been running resilience exercises across our three control rooms to ensure everyone is aware of our fallback arrangements.

"The preparatory work we have been carrying out will help us maintain a high level of response to the public."

Area Commander Logan added: "We appreciate these are challenging times for the whole country and that is why we have been striving to prepare for any challenges which may arise.

"All of our OC staff have been fantastic throughout this and I would really like to thank them for their dedication - they have stepped up during these challenging times and it's brilliant to see.

"They're doing an amazing job."

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