Moray SNP News
Richard Lochhead MSP this week visited Fochabers Fire Station to meet the retained crew who were holding one of their regular training sessions.
During his visit Mr Lochhead paid tribute to local firefighters and thanked them for the work they do to keep our communities safe.
Following his visit, Moray’s MSP has written to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Officer asking for a profile of investment in Moray to ensure crews are well supported and equipped to deal with new challenges.
Speaking after his visit Mr Lochhead said:
“I was absolutely delighted to meet the retained crew at Fochabers Fire Station and to have the opportunity to thank them for the outstanding job they do to keep our local communities safe.
“Retained crews like the one at Fochabers have to be available at a moment’s notice, serving our communities in addition to their own work and family commitments, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
“Fochabers Fire Station has a great team and I enjoyed watching them carry out some of their training exercises.
“The station made its own bit of history last year when Jane Hay was the first woman to join the retained crew at Fochabers. It was good to meet Jane and to hear about her experience of the job – she’s a real role model for young girls and women in her community.
“There’s no doubt that there are new and emerging challenges facing retained crews across Moray, particularly the increasing occurrence of wild fires in the region. I’ve now written to the Chief Officer seeking an update on investment in Moray to ensure that our local crews are well supported and equipped to deal with these new challenges.”