Local Senior Officers
There are five local senior officers (LSOs) in the north of Scotland who work hard to create strong relationships with local councils and our other community partners to continue the provision of dedicated local fire and rescue services.
LSOs work with local authorities and partners to provide effective links with local communities and ensure that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service deliver the benefits of fire reform at a local level. This includes the protection of local frontline services and a commitment to build on the positive outcomes that have already been delivered as individual fire and rescue services, for people to be safer, particularly from fire but also from other emergencies that may occur across the country.
LSOs ensure that communities across Scotland have a more equitable access to the full range of specialist fire and rescue service resources including water rescue, rope rescue, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and the personnel, equipment, training and facilities to deal with a wide range of issues from fires, road traffic collisions, major weather related events, the potential risks from a terrorist attack, significant industrial accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) response.
They also oversee the Prevention and Protection agenda for their respective areas ensuring that the public have access to the full range of community safety support from free home fire safety visits to specialist advice for individuals and organisations.
Area Manager Bruce Farquharson
2 Mounthooly Way, Aberdeen, AB24 3ER
Contact: 01224 618216
Bruce is the LSO for the Aberdeen City local authority area. Bruce led the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Programme Office and Service Improvement functions as Area Manager, before being appointed as LSO.
There are four wholetime and retained fire stations in the Aberdeen City LSO area. Find your nearest fire station in your area.
Area Manager David Rout
Aberdeenshire and Moray
Constitution Street, Inverurie, AB51 4SQ
Contact : 01467 622137
David is the LSO for the Aberdeenshire and Moray local authority areas. David was formerly the Head of Operations and member of Corporate Management Team with Grampian Fire and Rescue Service.
You can follow David on Twitter @DavidRout_LSO.
There are 36 wholetime and retained fire stations in the Aberdeenshire and Moray LSO area. To find your nearest station in your area.
Area Manager Colin Grieve
Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross
Blackness Road, Dundee, DD1 5PA
Colin is the LSO for the Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross local authority areas. Colin was formerly temporary Area Manger with Fife Fire and Rescue Service with responsibilities for Workforce and Community Safety and ensuring the smooth transition to the single service within these areas.
Colin is also the lead for Prevention and Protection for the North Service Delivery area.
There are 24 wholetime, retained and volunteer fire stations in the Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross LSO area. Find your nearest station in your area.
Staff in the area have been working in partnership with other local responders to ensure that plans are in place to tackle emergencies. You can find out more by downloading our Community Risk Register.
Area Manager Fraser Burr
Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Islands
North SDA HQ, Dyce Fire Station, Pitmedden Road, Dyce, AB21 0DP
Fraser is the LSO for the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland local authority areas. Fraser led the Research and Development Department as Area Manager within Asset Management before being appointed LSO.
There are 42 retained fire stations in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland LSO area. To find your nearest station in your area.
Area Manager Rab Middlemiss
16 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1TB
Rab is the LSO for the Highland local authority area. Rab previously worked within the Business Support Team with responsibility for organising and supporting business procedures, planning, implementation and performance review activities of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board and its committees.
There are 62 wholetime, retained and CRU fire stations in the Higlands LSO area. To find your nearest station in your area.