Firefighters squared off against the police at the weekend in a charity showdown – to raise money to help support sick children.
The emergency service partners work closely together on a daily basis in order to keep communities across the country safe from harm.
But on Saturday, the frontline colleagues became football foes in the inaugural Battle of the Badges, as Police Scotland edged out a closely fought 4-2 win at Balmoral Stadium in Aberdeen.
The showdown was held to raise money for the ARCHIE Foundation, the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. It funds child-friendly hospital spaces, specialist staff training, advanced medical equipment, and emergency grants to support children and families during their time in hospital.
The final sum raised will be announced in due course.
Each player from Team Fire and Team Police was also matched with their own mascot – a current or former patient at RACH.
Team Fire captain Matthew Cowe said: “Unfortunately we weren’t able to come out on top to lift the Battle of the Badges trophy – but we were delighted to support such a brilliant charity.
“On behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, I would like to say a sincere thanks to the local community for their support, and to thank the players for giving up their time off to support this fantastic cause.”
Matthew – a watch manager at Peter Community Fire Station – added: “You just keep that trophy polished, Police Scotland – we’ll come back for a rematch next year.”
Police Scotland Chief Inspector Martin McKay said: “We are delighted to have been crowned the winner at this first ARCHIE Foundation Battle of the Badges tournament in Aberdeen.
“The team played well and I know they will be pleased with the result. Commiserations to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who also did well.
“Although it has been great fun for us it has all been for a serious cause to raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation.
“We hope the match today will have helped the charity in their work of enhancing hospital experiences for children.”
Jamie Smith, Regional Fundraising Manager for The ARCHIE Foundation, said: “We are incredibly grateful to both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for taking part in Battle of the Badges.
“Both teams have given up their own time on top of their busy work schedules to train and prepare for this match, and this could be seen in the calibre of the game.”