A Fife firefighter has helped protect communities from fire for over 40 years.
Tayport based firefighter Brian Hughes Joined Fife Fire Brigade in March 1975 and he continues to serve as part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Tayport.
He was presented with his long service and good conduct certificate and medal in 2000 and was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Fire Service Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fire and rescue service in 2009.
Station Manager Iain Brocklebank said: “40 years as a retained firefighter is a huge achievement and Brian’s commitment should be applauded.”
"I would also like to thank Brian’s family and colleagues for their continued support. The service understands the adjustments which have to be made to family life and we are thankful for that."
Through his career Brian was promoted to Leading Fireman in July 1983 then to Sub Officer in April 1994 and then again to Watch Manager in October 2006.
Station Manager Brocklebank continued: "Brian has set a very high standard of commitment and service to both the community and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and these standards are for those who recently joined the service to maintain.”
"In dealing with the community Brian has always delivered a professional service and is a credit to himself, the crew at Tayport and the service.”
Married to Jayne with three sons, Brian says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 40 years. It has been a great experience and I would do it all over again. I have seen great changes since I joined when all 12 firefighters lived and worked in Tayport and now it is just me who lives and works in the Town.”
“I would recommend the profession to anyone and I would encourage any member of the community to join. I’m also proud to say that my eldest son Alan is also part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging more men and women to become retained firefighters.
To become a retained firefighter you should be eligible to work in the UK and be 18 years or over, preferably live within one mile and work within two miles, or work within eight minutes of your nearest station.
You will be available to respond to emergency calls via a radio alerter from your home or place of work at any time of the day or night, if you are on call that week. You will require permission from your employer to become a retained firefighter. You’ll also be expected to attend a two and a half hour training session (drill night) one night a week.
You should be available to attend training courses designed to provide you with the basic training needed to start your role as a retained firefighter. Your ongoing training and development will be provided at your local fire station. Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check.
There is a financial benefit when you join the retained service with an annual retainer starting at £2158, which is split into monthly payments, together with additional payments for every incident and training night you attend.
Station Manager Brocklebank said: “We are extremely thankful to our retained crews who already do sterling work and to their employers for their understanding and co-operation.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is also keen to stress the benefits that retained firefighters will bring to the employer.
SM Brocklebank added: “There is no financial cost to employers and your employee will receive training from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service worth a significant amount of money in directly transferrable skills such as first aid or health and safety skills which will be invaluable.”
“The time away from your primary employment will be minimal compared to the significant overall benefits your company or business will enjoy. You may be called away to an emergency at very short notice, but the additional skills you will bring to the workplace will more than make up for that.”
“One of the most rewarding elements of the retained role is combining an exciting and rewarding community contribution with the everyday challenges of a day job.”
“So if you would like to enjoy a real sense of social responsibility, help protect the community in which you live, then get in touch and see how becoming an retained firefighter could change your life and give you a sense of tremendous satisfaction.”
If you would like to find out more visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk or to complete an application form visit http://bit.ly/1l0Tsy8