Borders emergency services join forces

Police and Fire and Rescue Services have joined forces in the Scottish Borders to provide the first shared emergency service station in Scotland.

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Joint emergency station is first in Scotland

The village of Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders has become the first in Scotland to have a combined police and fire station.

The move comes after the Community Council asked for a return of a visible police presence after their dedicated police station closed last year.

If it proves successful it may provide the template for similar stations elsewhere in the region as the Chairman for Newcastleton Community Council, Stuart Turnbull, explains:

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Police and Fire Service join forces in the Borders

The emergency station at Newcastleton Credit: ITV News Border

Police and Fire and Rescue Services have joined forces in the Scottish Borders to provide the first shared emergency service station in Scotland.

The station, based in Newcastleton, provides Police Scotland with their own office space within the fire station.

A local Community Officer and fire and rescue service staff will share facilities, with the aim of providing the community with a local shared service.

Shaun Turnbull, Chairman, Newcastleton Community Council Credit: ITV News Border

Shaun Turnbull, Chairman for Newcastleton Community Council, said:"This is brilliant for the town, particularly older people.

"The deterrent of having a visible police presence is very reassuring. Who knows, this might be an idea that could be rolled out across Scotland."

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