An assurance has been given that a redeployment of defibrillators will not leave Tayside short.
Life-saving machines from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appliances in the region have been relocated to under-equipped stations in the Highlands and Islands.
The move, which saw the number of north-east heart-start machines cut from one per appliance to one per station, has been criticised by fire service insiders.
All 99 appliances in Grampian and Tayside were previously equipped with a defibrillator but now there will only be one per station — meaning a minimum of 39 defibrillators will stay in the Grampian area.
The SFRS is redistributing 30 “excess-to-requirement” defibrillators from Grampian and Tayside and 20 from the Strathclyde area, while also allocating funds to procure new defibrillators in the next financial year.
North-East MSP Lewis Macdonald has now written to SFRS chief officer Alasdair Hay for confirmation that the “excess” items have never been used and are never likely to be.
A SFRS spokeswoman said: “We aim to have a defibrillator on at least one fire appliance at each station in Scotland and this reflects our commitment to ensure we’re keeping our fire crews and communities safe.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We have been assured by SFRS that the redeployment of defibrillators will not leave Grampian, Tayside or Strathclyde short.”