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FERRY FIRE CONCERN
A CONCERNED councillor in Stranraer has claimed there could
be a "disaster
waiting to happen" on one of the North Channel ferries.
Sloan spoke of his fears about the fire cover on the local
last week's meeting of the Wigtown West Area Committee.
in Dumfries and Galloway presently have no duty to fight
offshore fires on the ferries. That has been a serious concern
to local politicians and seafarers alike for
But now, following the resolution of the national
an opportunity has arisen for local employers to investigate
of providing offshore fire cover within the local brigade.
was the message from Dumfries and Galloway's Firemaster
David Wynne as
he presented his brigade's latest service plan to members
of Wigtown West
Area Committee on Thursday.
The news was met with interest
by councillors, Mr Sloan stating that a
disaster was just "waiting to happen".
"At the moment
we have no capacity in Dumfries and
Galloway of putting a fire out on one of the ferries. There
is no statutory
requirement for offshore fire cover within community control".