Alan Reid MP is calling for the Scottish Government to halt the drop in numbers of retained firefighters across Scotland, and put all it can into a massive recruitment drive. "A constituency such as mine, here in Argyll and Bute, relies heavily on retained firefighters. These men and women play a vital role, alongside their full-time and volunteer colleagues, in keeping our communities safe," said Mr Reid, who has held the seat since 2001.
Statistics issued last week show that for the year 2013-2014 the total number of retained firefighters dropped from 2,940 to 2,665, a five per cent fall of 275, across Scotland.
During the same time the total number of full-time equivalent personnel in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service suffered a similar five per cent drop when it fell from 8,125 to 7,690.
Mr Reid said: "Last year the Scottish Parliament was told that the fire and rescue service in Scotland was 'on its knees' and with this drop in firefighter numbers I don't see any sign of this vital service being helped back up onto its feet."
"The Scottish Government must put a major effort into a recruitment campaign and stem the tide.”