The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is marking the retiral of Crew Manager Graeme Godsman of Laurencekirk fire station after more than 30 years’ service.
Graeme joined Grampian Fire Brigade in January, 1986 and his last day of service with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was at the end of March.
Graeme has seen many changes in his time at Laurencekirk with great advances in technology and firefighter safety with enhanced level of personal protection equipment as well as equipment carried on the appliance to support operational incidents.
He has enjoyed working at Laurencekirk but feels now is the time to stand down and allow a younger generation to experience the rewarding role in serving the community.
Tom Fleming, Watch Manager at Laurencekirk, acknowledged the support Graeme has given to him over the years.
He said: “Graeme has always set high standards both in supporting the personnel on the station as well as dealing with the public; he is a credit to himself. His knowledge and experience has been invaluable when developing new firefighters joining the station”
Station Manager Stuart Cruickshank said: “We are extremely thankful to our retained personnel for their commitment to the service, and thank their employers for their co-operation in allowing staff to respond to a pager alert and especially to their families for their understanding.
“It is not often someone remains 30 years within the retained service, as it is a big commitment, so these occasions have to be applauded. The experience gained over 30 years is invaluable and the additional skills gained can also be a benefit to local employers – life saving skills including CPR, health and safety as well as working as team.”
SFRS will soon be advertising for vacancies at Laurencekirk, Inverbervie and Stonehaven so if anyone is interested in finding out more information about joining the service, they can speak to anyone at the fire station on a Tuesday night (Laurencekirk and Inverbervie) and on a Thursday night(Stonehaven).
SFRS is also offering a free home fire safety visit to households in the area at the owners convenience.
They take 20 minutes and can be booked by calling 0800 0731 999 or by visiting www.firescotland.gov.uk