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The emergency services

Drama after mystery piles of powder found in streets

A MAJOR emergency service operation was launched last night after eight mystery piles of powder were discovered in the streets of Dalry.

Ambulance crews waste one month stuck at hospitals

AMBULANCE crews have spent the equivalent of a month stuck in hospital bays in the last year when they should have been available to respond to emergencies, it emerged today.

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Kenny MacAskill outlines case for single police and fire services in Scotland

POLICE and fire services in Scotland could be reformed as single national forces under proposals announced today by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

Hundreds of cars lifted for blocking fire engines' path

MORE than 500 motorists have had their vehicles seized by police this year after they double-parked in the street and threatened to block firefighters racing to emergencies.

Ambulance worker suspended after failing to respond to fatal heart attack call

AN AMBULANCE technician was suspended after he chose not to attend an emergency call to a heart attack patient because he was on a break, it was confirmed today.

Fire crews put in high rise practice

FIREFIGHTERS from across the Lothians took part in a large scale exercise yesterday to test their response to a blaze in a high rise building.

Useless £900,000 fire engines can't even go around roundabouts

TWO state-of-the-art fire engines worth almost £1 million pose too much of a risk to the lives of firefighters and the public to be allowed back on the road again, the Lothians' chief fire officer has ruled.

Engines under fire again

MILLION-pound fire engines are off the road again after only being used for a matter of weeks amid fears they are dangerously unsafe.

Merger of Scotland's fire services 'inevitable'

A SCOTTISH fire chief has said that a merger of the country's fire and rescue services is "inevitable" as the public spending squeeze continues.

Death-fall fireman: I was following orders

A SENIOR fire officer said he was only following orders when he helped rule out the use of vital safety equipment on members of the public.

Alison Hume death: Rules which held up rescue are slammed as 'morally indefensible'

A RETIRED firefighter has said that rules which delayed the rescue of a woman who died after falling down a disused mine shaft were "morally indefensible".

Fire crews under attack as they fight old school blaze

FIRE crews came under attack as they battled a massive blaze at a disused city high school last night.

Schools' false alarms cost fire service £200k a year

MORE than £220,000 is spent every year on fire crews sent to false alarms in Lothian schools.

Firefighters forced to use pond water to fight blaze

FIREFIGHTERS trying to extinguish a fire which destroyed a £2 million mansion yesterday morning were forced to use water from a neighbour's garden pond to put out the flames.

Safety call for ambulance staff to wear body armour

LOTHIAN ambulance workers should be offered body armour for certain shifts, it has been claimed.

Rescue team told 'come back later'

A COASTGUARD team arrived at a boating tragedy - where four fishermen were missing - to be told by the fire officer in charge at the scene to "come back later".

Shock attacks on 999 crews

A TRADE union has called for zero tolerance against people who assault ambulance staff after new research revealed there are three attacks every day.

Coastguards criticise drunken sailor after plunge into loch

COASTGUARDS have blasted a drunken sailor who sparked a major rescue off Skye after falling out of his boat.

Rebel fire chief forced to back down over radios

ONE of Scotland's largest fire authorities has finally bowed to a government demand to install a hi-tech radio system.

Still no lifeboat plans one year after Loch Awe tragedy

A FIRE chief has admitted that more than a year after a loch tragedy which claimed four lives there is still no local rescue service boat available.

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