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Senior Service Personnel - East

Head of Service Delivery - Stewart Nicholson

Stewart Nicholson DACO portrait

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Stewart Nicholson leads service delivery in the East area.

Local Senior Officers

There are four local senior officers (LSOs) in the east 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 will 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 David Dourley - City of Edinburgh

McDonald Fire Station, McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4NS | 0131 550 4951

David is the Local Senior Officer (LSO) for the City of Edinburgh local authority area.

There are 8 fire stations in the City of Edinburgh LSO area. 

Area Commander Hilary Sangster - Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders

Dalkeith Fire Station, Abbey Road, Dalkeith | 0131 660 2619

Hilary is the Local Senior Officer (LSO) for East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

There are 21 wholetime, retained and dual crewing fire stations in the Mid Lothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders LSO area.

Area Commander William Pollard - Falkirk and West Lothian

Falkirk Fire Station, Westfield FK2 9AH01324 610500

William is the Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Falkirk and West Lothian local authority areas. 

Learn more about the work of the Falkirk and West Lothian LSO Area by following @scotfire_FlkWL.


Area Commander Kenny BarbourStirling, Clackmannanshire and Fife 

Kirkcaldy Fire Station, 16 Dunnikier Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2RW | 01592 261601

Kenny is the Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Stirling, Clackmannanshire and fife local authority areas.

There are 7 wholetime, 18 retained fire stations in the Stirling, Clackmannanshire and fife areas.