Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited the local fire service in Renfrewshire and spent time meeting firefighters to find out more about the work they do to keep local people safe.


Mr Newlands, along with Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South and Councillor Jim Paterson, met with Area Manager for Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire, David Proctor, to find out more about some of the local challenges that they face. During this meeting, the SNP politicians were able to speak to staff who operate in Renfrewshire.

The team of SNP politicians visited the Fire service HQ, in Johnstone, before visiting the Renfrew Fire Station.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I was extremely grateful to David and his colleagues for taking the time to meet with us and speak about the work they do to keep all of us in Renfrewshire safe. I was also able to raise with them a number of issues that local people have brought up with me, and it was heartening to hear that they were already aware of the local issues and were taking positive action to address them.

“We were shown what will happen when someone contacts the fire service, with this helping to underline the important job that the call handlers play in dispatching firefighters to address the reported incident. It was interesting to see the vast amount of equipment that firefighters are required to use and it is important to remember that their role in the community extends beyond tackling fires such to road traffic collisions, flooding, environmental incidents and also the important aspect of community education.

“Our fire service perform a fantastic job and we really can’t thank them enough for keeping us all safe. I am positive everyone in Renfrewshire is proud of our local firefighters and are eternally grateful for the work that they do.”