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