Retained firefighter Scott Crabb was celebrating this week after having his 30 years of service to the community recognised.
The crew manager joined Grampian Fire Brigade on June 28, 1984, gaining promotion in November 1987 and has continued to be a valued member of the fire station since the transition to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).
Scott was presented with his 30 year certificate by Local Senior Officer David Rout, who said that 30 years’ service to the community was to be applauded and recognised. He added that although the certificate was for Scott, it also acknowledged the support of his family, colleagues and employer as it was a tremendous commitment to the service.
During Scott’s career, he has attended numerous callouts in the Stonehaven area, many posing a challenge to the firefighters but all resulting in a positive outcome.
It’s not just been building fires and road traffic collisions to which he has responded, but also a few more unusual incidents, including an eight-seater light aircraft which crash landed in field on outskirts of Stonehaven in April when a blanket of foam was applied.
He was also part of the evacuation crew during the flooding in Stonehaven in December 2012, and attended at a chlorine leak in the plant room of Stonehaven’s open air swimming pool.
Watch manager John Strachan said: “Scott has a high standard of commitment to both the service and to the community supporting colleagues at an emergency incident, during training activities or while carrying out community safety work.
‘‘He has always delivered a professional service and is a credit to himself, the crew at Stonehaven fire station and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Scott’s knowledge and experience has greatly assisted in the development of firefighters joining the fire station.”
Station manager Stuart Cruickshank said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging more men and women to join and enjoy “a life less ordinary” by becoming retained firefighters.
“The retained duty service (RDS) is a team who have a day job but also provide part-time emergency cover to the community in which they live and work. One minute you are going about your work, the next minute you are performing a rescue operation, it’s this variety, excitement and sense of public responsibility that the firefighters in Stonehaven enjoy. The firefighters respond to an emergency call via their pager from their home or place of work at any time of the day or night when they are on call. They need to have permission from their employer to become a RDS firefighter”.
The firefighters attend Stonehaven fire station every Thursday night for a two-and-a-half hour training session (drill night) as well as attending occasional weekend training courses at the Development Centre at Portlethen. If anyone from the Stonehaven and Laurencekirk area is interested, visit the fire station or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk or www.myjobscotland.gov.uk and access Retained Firefighter Service Delivery Area – North.