Retired Watch Manager Neil MacDonald (left) and Temporary Watch Manager Henry Barrie (right) with their awards
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Highland, Scott Hay, visited the retained station at Kinlochewe recently to pay tribute to two firefighters for their commitment to the service.
LSO Hay presented Watch Manager Neil MacDonald with a bronze firefighter statue and certificate to mark his official retirement and a Long Service and Good Conduct medal and certificate to Temporary Watch Manager Henry Barrie.
Mr Hay and the two recipients were joined at the ceremony by members of the retained crew from the Kinlochewe station.
Neil MacDonald has helped protect his local community from fire for almost 40 years, having joined the fire service in 1976.
LSO Hay paid tribute to Neil and his commitment, saying: “I would like to thank Neil for his unwavering commitment and dedication to the fire and rescue service for nearly 40 years.
“He is a credit to himself, his family, his colleagues, fire service and to the community. I am sure everyone will join me in wishing him a very happy and healthy retirement.”
Friends, colleagues and members of the local community also raised a collection to thank Neil for his commitment and the proceeds were used to present him with a special firefighter’s axe on a plinth during an evening of celebration.
Temporary Watch Manager Henry Barrie has been a retained firefighter at Kinlochewe for 26 years and his service was recognised with his Long Service and Good Conduct medal and certificate.
LSO Hay said: “Henry has absolutely earned this recognition, not only for his long and loyal commitment to the service, but for his exemplary conduct.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is encouraging men and women to apply to join the service as retained firefighters across Highland.
RDS firefighters come from diverse backgrounds and bring a variety of experiences to the role. A range of skills are required including being a team player, having excellent communication skills and displaying attention to detail.
You must be aged 18 years or over, have a good level of physical fitness, have the required standard of vision and colour perception and live or work within five to eight minutes of the fire station.
LSO Hay said: "RDS firefighters are called upon to attend the same wide range of emergency service as wholetime firefighters, including fires, floods, road traffic accidents, chemical spills and more.
"They can also be called upon to work with wholetime firelighters to promote fire safety messages, giving fire safety advice to schools and other organisations as well as carrying out free home fire risk assessments within their communities.
"It is a very rewarding job and there are tangible benefits for employers who support and allow their staff to become RDS firefighters. Retained=retrained and employers will have a member of staff who will bring a host of transferrable skills."
In return RDS firefighters are paid an annual retainer fee plus additional payments for every incident attended and time spent on all activity including training nights, community engagement and courses.
You will need to demonstrate that you have the potential to carry out this challenging role through a rigorous recruitment process, full details of which are documented within the attached information pack, with further supplementary information provided on our website www.firescotland.gov.uk
Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay (far right), the crew from Kinlochewe and WM Neil MacDonald (third from left) and Temporary WM Henry Barrie (fourth from left).