First Tri-emergency Service Station Opens at Tomintoul

 Tuesday 29 April 2014

The first tri-emergency service station in Scotland has opened in Tomintoul strengthening links with the local community. The new facility will provide a base for Police Scotland to operate from with facilities for the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

It has been built as an extension to the Tomintoul Fire Station and it is anticipated that the centre will help all three emergency services to work together more effectively.

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, said: "We have worked closely with colleagues in Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to develop a new station for ambulance staff that provides modern, fit for purpose facilities that meet all NHS infection control standards. The station is a base for one emergency ambulance, crewed by a rota of two Paramedics and two Ambulance Technicians, supported by three auxiliary staff.  They work closely with emergency service partners and the co-location will enhance that relationship for the benefit of the whole community."

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House QPM said: “The foundations of Police Scotland are built on strong local policing which serves the public and is connected to communities across the country, from the most urban of environments to the most rural.

“Where we can, we want to work closely with our emergency service partners. Tomintoul provides another great example of all three blue light services – Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – working ever more closely to deliver for communities.

“Tomintoul is an area which is extremely popular with visitors be it for the stunning countryside, summer and winter sports available in the area or as part of the whisky trail. But it also presents unique challenges for policing, in terms of the terrain, popularity with tourists and often extreme weather conditions.

“Working together from shared premises can only enhance the already strong local relationships and response to incidents and emergencies."

Chief Officer Alasdair Hay, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Scotland’s emergency services have a long and proud tradition of working together, frequently responding in unison to rescue and care for people in their time of need but also working collaboratively to find new ways of preventing accidents and emergencies from occurring in the first place.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “This government is committed to ensuring communities all across Scotland have excellent local provisions, and this facility is a welcome addition to that.

“The Tri-emergency Service Station is the latest in a series of investments both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have made across the North of Scotland, joining the new Police Scotland Service Delivery Area HQ in Aberdeen, the new major incident and events control centre in Inverness, and the new Fire Scotland Asset Resource Centre.

“Only last month, a new purpose built joint ambulance and police station was opened in Fort William with great success, creating a major new partner-working facility to help keep people safe in the wider West Central Highlands.

“All in all, these collaborative facilities are creating jobs, strengthening the response to emergency incidents, improving community safety and ensuring our emergency services have a robust footprint right across the North of Scotland.”