Local Senior Officers
There are four local senior officers (LSOs) in the north of Scotland who work hard to create strong relationships with local councils and our other community partners to continue the provision of dedicated local fire and rescue services.
LSOs work with local authorities and partners to provide effective links with local communities and ensure that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service deliver the benefits of fire reform at a local level. This includes the protection of local frontline services and a commitment to build on the positive outcomes that have already been delivered as individual fire and rescue services, for people to be safer, particularly from fire but also from other emergencies that may occur across the country.
LSOs ensure that communities across Scotland have a more equitable access to the full range of specialist fire and rescue service resources including water rescue, rope rescue, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and the personnel, equipment, training and facilities to deal with a wide range of issues from fires, road traffic collisions, major weather related events, the potential risks from a terrorist attack, significant industrial accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) response.
They also oversee the Prevention and Protection agenda for their respective areas ensuring that the public have access to the full range of community safety support from free home fire safety visits to specialist advice for individuals and organisations.
Area Commander Bruce Farquharson - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray
2 Mounthooly Way, Aberdeen, AB24 3ER | 01224 728600
Bruce is the LSO for the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray area. Bruce led the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Programme Office and Service Improvement functions as Area Manager, before being appointed as LSO.
There are 40 Wholetime, Retained and Volunteer Stations for the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray LSO area.
Area Commander Stephen Wood - Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross
Blackness Road, Dundee, DD1 5PA | 01224 728600
Stephen is the LSO for the Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross local authority areas.
There are 24 wholetime, retained and volunteer fire stations in the Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross LSO area.
Staff in the area have been working in partnership with other local responders to ensure that plans are in place to tackle emergencies. You can find out more by downloading our Community Risk Register.
Area Commander Iain Macleod - Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Islands
4 Robertson Road, Stornoway, HS1 2LL | 01851 705051
Iain is the LSO for the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland local authority areas.
There are 42 retained fire stations in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland LSO area.
Area Commander Derek Wilson - Highland
16 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1TB | 01463 227000
Derek is the LSO for the Highland local authority area.
There are 62 wholetime, retained and CRU fire stations in the Highland LSO area.