Former Nairn retained firefighter donates cap badge collection to SFRS
27 November 2014
David Ramsay's historic collection includes cap badges from fire brigades across the United Kingdom
Pictured (from left to right) Group Manager for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Fraser Nixon, former retained firefighter David Ramsay and Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay
A former retained firefighter from Nairn has kindly donated his entire collection of fire service cap badges collected during his career.
David Ramsay (66) from Nairn retired from Highland and Islands Fire Brigade in 2004 having served his local community for a total of 22 years.
Today he visited Inverness fire station and handed over his incredible collection to Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay and Group Manager for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Fraser Nixon.
Throughout his career David collected the badges from fire brigades across Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales and his framed collection will now be given pride of place on the wall at Inverness Community Fire Station.
David said: “When I started collecting the badges I wrote to a lot of fire services, which costs me a fortune in postage at the time.
“I wanted to donate these badges so that they could be displayed and people could see them for years to come.”
Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay said: “We are delighted to accept this amazing collection of legacy fire brigade cap badges and thank David very much for donating these historic pieces to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
“There are badges from brigades across the UK and in particular from legacy Scottish brigades and those of the former Highlands and Islands over the years.
“David was a committed member of the fire service for 22 years and served his community of Nairn well.”
After handing over his collection David was taken on a tour of the newly refurbished station in Inverness and shown some of the equipment used today by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. There have been tremendous advances in equipment and technology even since David retired in 2004.
David said: “I retired at 55 as that was the age limit at that time. I was unlucky I suppose that it was changed to 65 shortly afterwards otherwise I might have stayed a bit longer.
“I really loved my time as a firefighter and the most enjoyable part for me was when we started using the new breathing apparatus and we were sent over to Invergordon to be trained in how to use it. I also enjoyed the team work.”
David’s primary employment during his career was an oil rig fabricator at McDermotts, but he also worked for the water board. He was involved in laying the mains for the treatment works at Clunas.