The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Officer Alasdair Hay recently visited the local fire crew in Lochgilphead to find out how they are keeping their community safe.
The CO said he was “privileged” to have been given a guided tour of the station by Watch Manager Duncan Litster who discussed how his crews are assisting local people.
And they heard the Chief’s vision for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and how it needs to transform to meet modern risks such as severe weather related flooding.
Chief Officer Hay said: “It is a top priority for me to visit stations around the country so I was absolutely delighted to this week meet with the staff at Lochgilphead fire station.
“It was a real pleasure and a privilege to hear about all the work that they do to protect their local community. They are a credit to themselves, their families and to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
“Our retained firefighters are the most incredible people. They provide a service for the community by the community - an outstanding commitment.
“I spoke with the crews about how modern risk is changing and how we need to transform to continue to protect our communities from events such as severe weather related flooding.
“We also see an increasingly elderly population that requires support to live safely at home.
“We are now also looking towards future solutions that are more responsive and more flexible to the needs of our rural communities while maintaining community and firefighter safety.
“Increased flexibility will strengthen our RDS model giving us the ability to safely deploy crews in a more flexible way and enhance the safety in our rural communities.
“I once again thank the crew at Lochgliphead not only for their valuable contribution during my visit but also a most warm welcome.
“I would encourage people from all walks of life within the community to take their lead by becoming a retained firefighter.”
If you are interested in joining the retained fire service in Lochgilphead then please call in at the fire station any Monday evening or go to myjobscotland for an application form.