FBU secretary John McGhee is quoted: 'These cuts will cost lives. The fire board members are being forced by pressure from their own cash-strapped councils to reduce the fire service budget to the level of grant-aided expenditure, thereby risking firefighter's personal safety by slashing more than£1m from the brigade's health and safety budget.
'On top of these cuts, the brigade has still to find a further£1.5m in savings which will result in a dramatic reduction in the number of fire appliances, road rescue vehicles and high-reach appliances.' McGhee went on to tell the Herald that union members were disgusted with Scottish secretary Donald Dewar and the Labour leadership. He added: