Six firefighters - including one from Barra – celebrated the successful end to their training yesterday afternoon (Friday May 24th) in Stornoway.

Starting from 1pm at the Fire Station in Robertson Road, Stornoway, the five men and one woman undertook a series of non-stop firefighting exercises in front of their trainers and top local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers, along with friends and families.

This was part of a passing-out parade and awards ceremony for a new intake of firefighters serving stations throughout Lewis as well as in Harris and Barra.  It marked the end of a two-week trainee fire-fighting course which finished yesterday afternoon.

Stornoway fire station manager Craig Lauder explained to the new Retained Duty System firefighters the key role they play now in their own communities, not just in fighting fires but in fire prevention. Retained Duty System personnel all have other jobs but are paid a retainer to commit a certain amount of time to SFRS work, including regular training courses.

Craig Lauder also emphasised that training could now take place in Stornoway – this was the fifth course since the refurbishment and extension of the Fire Station. 

And he added that the fire service was open to anyone who could pass the fitness requirements and there was always a need for new recruits.