The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has appointed veteran firefighter David Lockhart as its new Local Senior Officer for Falkirk and West Lothian.
David began his career as a frontline whole-time firefighter with Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade in 1994.
Prior to that, he spent two years serving as a retained firefighter in North Northumberland, working alongside his father, Robert.
“My dad, who also worked with the ambulance service in North Northumberland, joined up as a retained firefighter the very night I was born,” David said. “It’s been a key part of my family my entire life.”
Dad-of-two David has since gone on to serve in a number of key positions within the Fire and Rescue Service and in 2015 was tasked with ensuring the effective design and development of training for firefighters across Scotland as part of the new national Service.
He added: “I am absolutely delighted to lead the team serving our communities across Falkirk and West Lothian. It’s a real honour.
“I know the areas well, I’ve lived in West Lothian for 17 years and have a lot of experience working across the Falkirk and West Lothian areas. It feels a bit like a homecoming.
“It’s also a great privilege to be able to work with such a fantastic team, and to be able to help other people.
“I am very much looking forward to continuing to develop positive relationships with other public, private and third sector partners to meet the priorities of our local plan, enhance the safety of the public.”
David’s appointment has been warmly welcomed by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Assistant Chief Officer for the East of Scotland, Alasdair Perry.
He said: “I am pleased to announce that David is taking the reins as our new Local Senior Officer for Falkirk and West Lothian. He is an officer of the highest calibre.
“David will deliver local solutions to local challenges – and will be able to use his experience and skills to help deliver for the people of Falkirk and West Lothian during a time of great change for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.”