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Fire at club causes collapse of building

A fire is currently being attended to by firefighters at a social club in the Penninghame area of Newton Stewart.

A call to the fire service was made at 12:30 this afternoon (Wednesday 2 July). There are no reports of any casualties as a result of this incident, however the single-storey building has partially collapsed.

Crews are using three main water jets to tackle the fire. Scottish Fire and Rescue service resources at the scene include two appliances from Newton Stewart and one each from Gatehouse, New Galloway and Stranraer.

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MSP pledges support for fire dogs

The Scottish MSP Joan McAlpine MSP is pledging her support to a fire dog detection team which she has described as a "vital service" to the local community.

A car has now been supplied to K9 Response, where it will be used by dog handler Duncan Carmichael to help with their life-saving work across the country.

Duncan and Billy the Fire Dog will use the car to visit the aftermath of fires thought to be suspicious to collect evidence.

The South of Scotland MSP has also been campaigning with Duncan for Fire Dogs to be used more widely in the Fire Service.

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New fire service to 'think nationally, but work locally'

"We need to start thinking nationally, but work locally. That means that local people will still see the same fire officers that have been in and out of houses, supporting the community.

"We need to keep that continuity. We do have to think nationally in terms of saving money, but we have to do that without compromising frontline outcomes."

– Peter Heath, the new senior fire officer for the Borders

National fire service 'will remain local'

The Borders new senior fire officer, Peter Heath Credit: ITV News Border

The new senior fire officer in the Borders says the fire and rescue service in the region will be enhanced, even though it is being nationalised.

Peter Heath will head up the service in the Borders alongside Mid and East Lothian from an office at Galashiels Fire station.

The 45-year-old from Innerleithen was appointed to the role following the announcement that all eight fire and rescue services in Scotland will be merged into one.

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