Ten new firefighters will soon start work in the north-east to soothe “unacceptable” staffing problems that have led to more fire engines being taken off the road.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said a fire appliance based at Central Fire Station was taken out of action on Tuesday and two units based at Altens Fire Station were taken off the road on Wednesday.
The withdrawals were due to staff being absent on short-term sick leave and on annual leave, said the SFRS.
Aberdeen has six fire engines in service round the clock.
Figures obtained by the Evening Express in June showed engines in the city were taken off the road 227 times between October 2 and April 22.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) bosses claimed the safety of city residents and firefighters could have been at risk had a major fire at flats on Victoria Road, Torry, on April 18 happened 24 hours earlier during an appliance shortfall.
However, SFRS has consistently said the safety of residents or firefighters has never been put at risk.
Now SFRS bosses have described the appliance withdrawals as “unacceptable” and have vowed to take action.
SFRS deputy chief officer Iain Bushell said: “We have given a clear signal to our communities that we are fully committed to addressing crewing challenges in the city of Aberdeen.
“There are issues relating to short-term sickness and planned annual leave which have impacted on appliance availability over recent weeks. This is unacceptable.
“We had already put processes and actions in place and we are now further strengthening our focus to ensure these are delivered locally while continuing to liaise with the FBU.
“Last week, we saw 24 new recruits graduate at Portlethen alongside a further 21 in Fife and 58 at our National Training Centre.
“This is an overall total of 103 trainees who will now work to protect Scotland’s communities, with around 10% of those to be based in the north-east.
“These firefighters were really put through their paces and have proven themselves to be the best of the best – and it is an honour to welcome them to the UK’s largest fire service.
“Let me be very clear – this does not present a solution to the issues regarding appliance availability but it does highlight our continued commitment to protecting our communities.”