Dundee’s fire control room is set to undergo expansion works ahead of national restructuring proposals.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is currently in the process of cutting the number of emergency call handling centres from eight to three at Dundee, Edinburgh and Renfrewshire.
To cope with the changes, chiefs had agreed to revamp Dundee’s current facilities at Macalpine Road, but now they have decided to add an expansion as well.
The service said the original works would cost £1.96 million and they confirmed the new move would be able to be funded by the money allocated for the project.
A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “To further enhance the working environment for our control room staff, we will be submitting planning permission to build a single-storey extension to the operations control building in Dundee.
“The build will be fully funded within the funding allocation for this project.
“It is another positive development in our journey towards our three control model for the fire and rescue service in Scotland.
“It also supports our strategy to remove duplication, enhance frontline services and free-up resources to invest in pro-active community safety programmes.
“All whilst ensuring resilience is maintained across Scotland at all times.”
With Fife’s control room in Thornton set to close in the coming months, the SFRS spokesman also confirmed that 13 staff would be heading up to Dundee to fill positions.
Terry Whyte, chair of the Tayside Fire Brigade Union, said the new developments were “positive”.
He added: “Things have slightly changed. The service is now going for an extension to the building.
“But we think it’s positive news, it’ll mean there will be more room and it will be done in the same timescale as the previous plans.
“Everything seems to be on schedule. We’ve also got staff coming across from Fife in April and we should have one or two coming down from Aberdeen later in the year.”
Since the SFRS announced the centralisation of their control rooms, some have hit out at the plans.
Members of the Fire Brigade Union in Aberdeen have previously claimed they will cause “devastation across the whole of Scotland”.