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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

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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.