Management accused of poor leadership and wasting public money

FIRE chiefs in the Highlands and Islands stand accused of poor leadership and wasting public money, according to today’s Press and Journal.
A powerful watchdog has also said a lack of training and the financial challenges facing the north brigade mean it is in “substantial difficulty”
Audit Scotland says in a new report that the service – the most expensive in Scotland- continues to plough cash into stations that have very low call-out levels – including one expected to save a life only once in thousands of years. Senior management and members of the fire board are criticised for postponing decisions over possible station closures, prior to a move to a Scottish national brigade.
The scathing report also says moves to change the role of some remote units and disband others, have been “constrained” by board members.
Responding, fire board convener, Richard Durham, has said that steps are being taken to address the difficulties.