Highland Group Manager Robert Scott retiring after over 25 years service

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Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay paid tribute to Group Manager Scott and said his experience will be missed by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Robert Scott Retires

Colleagues joined Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Highland Scott Hay in Inverness this week for a ceremony to pay tribute to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Group Manager Robert Scott for 25 years of loyal service.

Robert, or Scotty as he is affectionately known, was presented with his retirement certificate from LSO Hay and a bronze statuette of a firefighter during the ceremony at Harbour Road, Inverness, where he was based.

Robert officially retires from the service on 9 June this year. He joined the former Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade on 4 October 1989 on White Watch in Inverness after having served with the Royal Marines.

He has dedicated 25 years and eight months of his life to protecting the communities of the Highlands and Islands from fire.

Scotty was promoted to Leading Firefighter on 3 July 1997, also with White Watch. He then enjoyed various posts as Sub Officer before being substantiated as Sub Officer at Headquarters on 14 May 1999.

Following that he was promoted to Flexi Assistant District Officer for Skye and Lochalsh on 10 October 2003. Robert then moved to Ross and Cromarty on 12 December 2005 and held the same post title before being promoted to Group Manager as Sutherland District Officer on 2 January 2006. Later that year he transferred to become Group Manager for Ross and Cromarty.

He then carried out various Group Manager B roles in Inverness, covering Inverness and Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey and the Western Isles. Latterly Robert was temporarily promoted to Group Manager B for Highland North, which covers Caithness, Sutherland and the north of Easter Ross.

He is a popular figure with partner agencies, colleagues and within the communities in which he has worked and LSO Hay paid tribute to his commitment today at the ceremony, stating his experience will be sadly missed by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay said: “It’s tremendous to be here to present Robert with his retirement certificate and statuette on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“To have committed over 25 years of his life to the fire service is a great achievement and I would like to thank Robert for his work during that time, firstly as part of Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade, then Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service and now as part of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“Particularly recently Robert has been part of my Senior Management Team in Highland and has made a tremendous contribution towards the creation of the local fire and rescue plan for the area.

“He has provided me with a great level of support over the years and commanded a great deal of respect from the staff he managed. His experience and knowledge will be a great loss to the service.

“Robert is a credit to himself, his colleagues, the community and the service as a whole and I wish him a long and happy retirement.”