Dalkeith Fire Station could move to a shared site

Talks have already taken place with Midlothian Council on the possibility of a joint campus at Stobhill and the local authority has said it will not object to a joint base of fire and ambulance services.

The move comes after structural reports found the current fire station was built with the same type of concrete roof planks that were blamed for a school roof collapse four years ago.

Security watchdogs issued a warning about the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) planks following the collapse and a review by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service identified them at the post of Dalkeith Police.

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Fears have been raised over the future of Dalkeith Fire Station.

The discovery halted plans to repair the leaky roof and fire chiefs had to consider their options.

At a meeting of the Midlothian Police and Fire Rescue Board this week, Local Senior Officer (LSO) Hilary Sangster told members an alternative was being considered.

She said: ‘It (Dalkeith Fire Station) is dated and has problems with its roof. We must examine alternative solutions, whether to build on site, elsewhere or jointly. »

She said that although the station’s current location was working well, there was scope to consider moving to a new site.

And she said the service’s real estate team and asset management were looking at what could be done, including co-location.

No timetable for the move is in place, with the LSO adding that it would happen when funds become available for the project.

Midlothian Council chief executive Derek Oliver said discussions had already taken place over a site, with the local authority accepting the possibility of a shared space.

He said: “As far as fire and ambulance services working together and collocated, we have no problem with that.

“We had considered co-locating on a campus in Stobhill with the council, but that doesn’t seem to be progressing.”

A report from the HM Fire Inspectorate to the Midlothian service last year confirmed that RAAC signs had been found on the roofs of some fire stations, including Dalkeith, and that final decisions on future work were still pending. study.

He said: “Overall, the situation with the roof of the affected stations will have a significant financial impact on the service, beyond that already spent on temporary and survey works.

“The department, recognizing that major repair work may be required at some fire stations, has purchased temporary modular buildings that can be moved to other sites. We consider this to be a good practical approach.

“A final decision regarding any future alterations to Dalkeith Fire Station has not yet been agreed, but the LSO will be fully engaged in assessing the options.”