We share facilities with our emergency service partners across a number of sites in Scotland.
Doing so allows us to respond more effectively to emergencies and, ultimately, better protect the communities we serve.
SFRS currently has more than 50 shared sites in Scotland. Facilities are also shared with other partner organisations, both on a day-to-day basis and to enable community resilience in emergencies.
The first tri-emergency service in Scotland was launched in Tomintoul Fire Station in Aberdeenshire. There the SFRS, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service operate from one base. This co-location enables a police officer to be on duty within the community, avoiding a 26-mile journey to the nearest police station.
Work is currently ongoing with police and ambulance colleagues to further develop shared facilities.
Co-location in action
Two of our most recent co-locations have taken place at SFRS sites in Ayrshire.
Through working with our ambulance service partners, an emergency ambulance is now located at Dreghorn Fire Station, which is available 24 hours a day.
Additionally, at Ardrossan Fire Station, there are now two emergency ambulances, one available 24 hours with the second ambulance operating during peak times.