Midlothian fire chief set for reforms

PICTURE BY GARETH EASTON 07752 666 522. FREE TO USE FREE TO USE''Tour kicks off in capital to drive uptake of Home Fire Safety Visits. An Edinburgh mum whose five month old baby boy was hospitalised following a devastating fire last month, today (08 November 2011) backed a nationwide campaign to urge people to protect their homes. 'Harriet Fulford and her baby son Jack joined with firefighters from Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service at the launch of the safety drive to tell her story as a warning to others who don't think they're at risk. 'Fire broke out in Harriet's bedroom whilst baby Jack was asleep in his cot next to his parents' bed in the early hours of the morning. The electric blanket on the bed set the mattress on fire, causing smoke to fill the bedroom. 'The mum of two realised something was wrong when she heard the crackling of the smouldering mattress through the baby monitor, and the smoke alarm in the hall went off when she opened the bedroom door. 'Jack was taken to the Sick Kids Hospi
PICTURE BY GARETH EASTON 07752 666 522. FREE TO USE FREE TO USE''Tour kicks off in capital to drive uptake of Home Fire Safety Visits. An Edinburgh mum whose five month old baby boy was hospitalised following a devastating fire last month, today (08 November 2011) backed a nationwide campaign to urge people to protect their homes. 'Harriet Fulford and her baby son Jack joined with firefighters from Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service at the launch of the safety drive to tell her story as a warning to others who don't think they're at risk. 'Fire broke out in Harriet's bedroom whilst baby Jack was asleep in his cot next to his parents' bed in the early hours of the morning. The electric blanket on the bed set the mattress on fire, causing smoke to fill the bedroom. 'The mum of two realised something was wrong when she heard the crackling of the smouldering mattress through the baby monitor, and the smoke alarm in the hall went off when she opened the bedroom door. 'Jack was taken to the Sick Kids Hospi

It will be business as usual as far as the public is concerned as the fire service prepares for a single Scottish service.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service has appointed David Lockhart as its local senior officer, who will be responsible for ensuring a smooth introduction of the reforms in Mid and East Lothian.

Single forces for Scotland’s fire and police services are expected to begin operating on April 1 next year.

The temporary Scottish fire service headquarters will be based in Perth with Mr Lockhart working out of Dalkeith Fire Station.

He will be supported by group commanders Cameron Mackenzie (Midlothian) and David Girrity (East Lothian).

Mr Lockhart said: “I will be ensuring we deliver the same high quality level of service that the public are entitled to and are receiving at the minute.

“And also, as we move forward, I will build upon the relationships we have with our local communities and local authorities and improve on them even more.”

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