Firefighters from one of Scotland’s most remote villages are appealing to fellow residents to help protect their community as the country marks Volunteers’ Week.

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By Jamie Milligan

Drummore

With a population of little more than 300, Drummore lies close to Scotland’s southern tip.

Half an hour’s drive from the popular fishing village of Portpatrick, the picturesque village in Dumfries and Galloway boasts stunning sea views and countless acres of farmland.

It is also home to the country’s most southernly fire station.

Watch Commander Irving Beck heads up a team of five volunteer firefighters who respond to emergencies via an on call pager system.

A farmer by trade, Irving has served his community for 26 years and knows more than most the value of having a local fire service. 

Irving, a father of five, explained: “It’s very important that people understand what we have here – and the importance of keeping it here.

“But we need more people within the community to come and have a chat with us, have a look at the station and hopefully join.”

He added: “Being a volunteer firefighter can help you develop your career.

“The training you receive with the Service is the best of training and can be used within the job or out with in other roles.”

Gabriel Clarke joined the town’s volunteer service in October - and was inspired to serve by his mum.

The 19-year-old revealed: “My mum worked as a paramedic for over 13 years and this instilled in me the importance of emergency services.

“I grew up being told about the different ideals and work the emergency services provide – that drove me to join my local fire station.

“It’s a job with great responsibility. As a firefighter you can be attending an incident during someone’s darkest hour – you’re the helping hand.

“Mum’s very proud “

Station Commander Joe Shepherd is in charge of a cluster of stations in the area, including Drummore and believes local fire provision is integral to village life.

Firefighters not only respond to incidents but carry out a range of prevention work to support people to stay safe.

Station Commander Shepherd said: “We are constantly trying to recruit – this is the most southernly fire station in Scotland, so having this resource here is essential.”

Volunteer firefighters must be over the age of 18, live within a short distance of their local station and have the permission of their primary employer.

For more information on opportunities call Drummore Fire Station on 01776 706440.

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