Alan steps down after 30 years

Alan Milne, front right, receiving his certificate
Alan Milne, front right, receiving his certificate

An Inverbervie firefighter has retired after 30 years of service and was presented a certificate and gift for his bravery over the years.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said goodbye to Alan Milne, who joined Grampian Fire Brigade on July 29, 1986.

He was presented with his certificate and gift by station manager Stuart Cruickshank and was joined by the other personnel at the fire station.

Mr Cruickshank paid tribute to him for dedication three decades of his life to protecting the communities in which he lived.

“Alan is a credit to himself, his family, his colleagues, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and to the community,” he said. “Alan’s knowledge and experience will be hard to replace; he has assisted in the development of new firefighter joining the service in Inverbervie.”

Mr Cruickshank added that the station have “plans in place” with the addition of two new members of staff who start on September 18.

He added: “Alan has set a very high standard of commitment, delivered a professional service to both the community and Fire Scotland and these standards are for those who recently joined to maintain.

“And the family connection is being maintained as Alan’s son, Jamie, is also a member of the crew.”

Mr Milne reminisced about what he enjoyed over the 30 years as a firefighter.

“It’s a really enjoyable job - it’s so rewarding helping the community,” he said. “It’s not just the type of jobs most people associate with the fire service - attending fires, road traffic collisions and cats up a tree - we do a lot more intervention work, home fire safety work, presentations to local groups and so on.”

Mr Milne was a part of the retained duty service: members of the crew who have a day job but also provide part-time emergency cover to the community in which they live and work. Mr Milne lives in Inverbervie and works locally, running his own roofing business.

Mr Cruickshank added: “The retained duty service 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 Inverbervie enjoy.

“We are grateful to our retained crews across the area who provide a vital service and to their employers for their understanding.”