Meet 30 new firefighters who will serve and protect Scotland’s communities
22 April 2016
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service graduates flex their life-saving skills before Chief Officer Alasdair Hay at official ceremony.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is proud to welcome 30 graduates into its ranks. The 30 new recruits gathered at the SFRS National Training College in Cambuslang earlier today. And they demonstrated their abilities with simulated drills including ladders, pumps, roadtraffic collisions and breathing apparatus as proud friends and family looked on. The display was the culmination of a 14-week intensive training regime where they learned the essential skills and practises required to protect and serve communities across Scotland. They will now commence their careers as wholetime firefighters at 19 stations around the country. Entering burning buildings with breathing apparatus, saving people from road traffic collisions and scaling ladders – all abilities were demonstrated on the day by the new firefighters as SFRS Chief Officer Alasdair Hay watched on. Afterwards he presented them with graduation certificates and spoke about the broader role of today’s firefighters and the continued investment in the safety of our communities and firefighters. Chief Officer Hay said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome our new firefighters to the service here at Cambuslang today and I’m positive that each of them will enjoy a long and rewarding career at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. “When I became a firefighter almost 30 years ago, we responded to fires. Today the role is so much bigger and the recruits you see here will go on to attend road traffic collisions, water rescue, rescue from height, urban search and rescue and of course deliver our vital prevention work that reduces the chance of incidents happening in the first place. “Their role and that of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will continue to expand as we work to improve the safety and wellbeing of our communities. “The safety of our firefighters is just as important. Our Safer Firefighter Programme continues to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable our firefighters to serve our communities across Scotland safely, competently and effectively."
Pat Watters, Chair of the SFRS Board added: “These recruits represent our commitment to the safety of the people of Scotland. That is why they join and I know they will leave here ready and equipped for the task ahead. I wish them the best of luck.”
“Although these firefighters’ initial training periods are now over they will continue to develop the essential life-saving skills required by the modern firefighter, such as helping to save patients who suffer from out of hospital cardiac arrests.”