David Stewart MSP

North MSP supports Fire Brigade Union’s Concern over Firefighter Deaths

02 March 2009

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP has spoken in support of the Fire Brigade Union’s concern over deaths of firefighters in the line of duty.

Mr Stewart said, “The FBU recently published a report called ‘In the Line of Duty’ highlighting the tragic deaths of an unprecedented number of firefighters in 2007/08.

“During this period three firefighters lost their lives, the highest toll in over thirty years.

“The FBU were at the Scottish Parliament last week and I met with Fraser Parr, the chair of the Highlands and Islands FBU and heard of concerns within the service regarding various aspects of these deaths.

“It is vital that when such tragic deaths occur there is a comprehensive review of the circumstances and lessons are learned for the future.

“I was surprised to learn that records are not kept systematically and may not accurately reflect the number of deaths occurring.

“There is even an absence of a common definition for such deaths.

“My colleague, Richard Baker MSP, has lodged a parliamentary motion highlighting this situation and calling on the Scottish Government to consider the need for a properly resourced central body with responsibility for recording and investigating firefighter’s deaths.

“Firefighters have a vitally important job, which at times can be dangerous and when deaths occur it is essential that any learning points are quickly identified and new procedures introduced to prevent any reoccurrence.”

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March 3, 2009 at 7:44 pm

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