POLICE and fire services in Scotland could be reformed as single national forces under proposals announced today by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MILLION-pound fire engines are off the road again after only being used for a matter of weeks amid fears they are dangerously unsafe.
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.
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.
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 came under attack as they battled a massive blaze at a disused city high school last night.
MORE than £220,000 is spent every year on fire crews sent to false alarms in Lothian schools.
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.
LOTHIAN ambulance workers should be offered body armour for certain shifts, it has been claimed.
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".
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 have blasted a drunken sailor who sparked a major rescue off Skye after falling out of his boat.
ONE of Scotland's largest fire authorities has finally bowed to a government demand to install a hi-tech radio system.
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.