A decision to close the Scottish Fire Service College at Gullane has been condemned as “unacceptable” and “wrong headed”.
There was mounting opposition to the move this week with local Labour MSP Iain Gray tabling a motion at Holyrood, branding it another blow to the local economy.
The Labour/Conservative controlled East Lothian Council is now seeking an urgent meeting with fire bosses – with SNP councillors also calling for a rethink and consultation with the community.
The closure threat emerged following a meeting of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board in Aberdeen last Thursday.
After the merger of eight fire and rescue services into a single national service on April 1, work has been under way since June to consider its future shape.
Detailed proposals on the long term property requirements of the service were considered in a bid to save around £4.8 million a year.
A single national training centre has been identified at Clydesmill, Cambuslang, with the Gullane college earmarked for “release.”
Mr Gray said closure of the college would hit local jobs “coming hard on the heels” of the decision to axe Haddington Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts.
He explained: “The former Templar Lodge Hotel site just down the road lay vacant for many years and that has just been redeveloped, now Gullane faces the same problems all over again at the college.