Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Kate Forbes MSP has praised the "sacrifice" of retained firefighters serving in rural areas after tabling a motion recognising their devotion to duty at the Scottish Parliament.

Inverness has the Highlands' only full-time fire station, meaning that stations such as Dingwall, Drumnadrochit, Dunvegan, Fort William and Kingussie all rely on retained firefighters.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said that many in the general public did not realise that firefighters were holding down other jobs whilst still responding to emergencies at all hours.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "I recently met and spoke to retained firefighters and was amazed at their level of commitment and sacrifice.

"To my shame, I had not fully appreciated how much time and effort that retained firefighters devote to training and responding to emergencies.

"I don't think most people realise that these firefighters are true professionals, and yet have full-time jobs at the same time.

"Their employers and families enable them to drop everything and respond to emergencies.

"The pager can go at any time of the day or night.

"At the same time, retained firefighters train regularly so that they can rush to anything from a faulty alarm to a road collision.

"They are utterly dedicated to protecting local communities, and are a humbling reminder that community spirit and public duty are alive and well."

 

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