Published: 29/04/2014 06:04 - Updated: 28/04/2014 17:13

New emergency centre opens in Tomintoul

police scotlandTHE first tri-emergency service station has opened in Tomintoul.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be based in one location on Main Street.

An extension has been built to the existing fire station which will house representatives of all three services.

Yesterday Chief Constable Sir Steven House officially opened the centre.

He said: "The foundations of Police Scotland are built on strong local policing which serves the public and is connected to communities across the country, from the most urban of environments to the most rural."

Chief Constable House added: "Investing in modern police buildings from where our officers can base themselves to provide the right response to the policing priorities specific to each area is an important part of how we achieve that."

David Garbutt, chairman of the ambulance service, said they had worked closely with colleagues in the other emergency services to develop the new station.

He added: "The station is a base for one emergency ambulance, crewed by a rota of two paramedics and two ambulance technicians, supported by three auxiliary staff.

"They work closely with emergency service partners and the co-location will enhance that relationship for the benefit of the whole community."

The fire and rescue service’s chief officer Alasdair Hay, said Scotland’s emergency services had a long and proud tradition of working together.

He added: "This shared facility at Tomintoul will ensure that fire, police and ambulance can build on their partnership approach to ensuring that local communities continue to receive excellent levels of service from their emergency responders and that best practice and resources are shared effectively to respond to local needs."

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