A North MSP has called for a comprehensive review of alleged failings by Highlands & Islands Fire and Rescue Service.
A report from the Accounts Commission earlier this week exposed substandard practices and a lack of training and investment in the region's 95 retained stations and 15 community response units.
At First Minister's Questions on Thursday, Highlands & Islands MSP Mary Scanlon called for a review.
She said: "The highly critical report by the Accounts Commission into the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service highlighted 35 substandard fire stations, lack of investment in vehicles and IT and, most damaging of all, the lack of training, equipment and health and safety resilience for front line fire fighters.
"Can I ask the First Minister if he will ensure a thorough review is now undertaken to find out how things went so badly wrong with this service and to help prevent this ever happening again?"
Alex Salmond replied: "I think it's right and proper to give time for the board to consider their reponse to the Accounts Commission report. I see that the meeting on Monday 19th is to consider possible terms of reference for an inquiry.
"I'm pleased to see there was significant support from our other seven fire and rescue services, including the secondment of a number of staff being made available to assist the Highland board in addressing the challenges it currently faces.
"A single fire service will have access to these wider management resources to deploy when they're most needed as a matter of course."