STORM FRANK: Paul Wheelhouse praises emergency services

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South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse has praised the commitment and hard work of Scotland’s emergency services for their work over the festive period.

The Christmas and New Year season is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services with staff dealing with thousands of incidents; from the various impacts of severe weather to saving lives.

“Scottish Fire and Rescue Service staff do a fantastic job of keeping our communities safe in all conditions,” said Mr Wheelhouse, the Berwickshire-based minister for community safety and legal affairs.

“This is a particularly busy time of year for firefighters, and all of our hardworking emergency service workers, many of whom are out on duty when we are celebrating with family and friends.

“I have had a number of opportunities this year to find out more about the work of SFRS crews and have learned of the range of skills and expertise along with resilience and courage, needed for the job.

“My thanks to the firefighters, control room staff and SFRS staff who do an incredible job in responding to a huge number of situations and who are a credit to our public services.”