Fire stations throughout Lewis and Harris will be open for all on Saturday (August 24th), as Fire Scotland makes a bid for new recruits to the service.

Fire stations in Stornoway, Ness, Shawbost, Great Bernera, South Lochs, Tarbert, Scalpay and Benbecula will all have their doors wide open between noon and 4pm with a host of come-and-try opportunities for young and old.

The event is geared towards recruitment, so demonstrations of equipment and hands-on chances such as running out a hose, handling kit and equipment, trying on uniform and climbing into the cab of a fire engine will be available.

Western Isles service delivery manager Craig Lauder told  “We are always in need of new personnel as retained firefighters here in the Western Isles, especially in the rural areas.

“These open days offer the chance to come and get an idea of what’s involved and to ask any questions. Fire-fighting is a fantastic thing to do – you’re serving and protecting your local community, with the ultimate aim of making sure that people are safe in their own homes.

“It’s also a rewarding and satisfying part of your career. You make new friends, becoming a valuable member of the local community and building strong team bonds which can last you a lifetime.”

Helping to bring in the whole family, fire stations will be offering refreshments and charity merchandise including cuddly toys and t-shirts, play kit and realistic mini-helmets. Funds raised from sales will go to the Fire Service Family Support Trust.

At Tarbert, firefighters are accompanying their open day with a car-wash, splitting funds raised between the trust and the UK-wide Fire Fighters’ Charity.

All the events are open between noon and 4pm this coming Saturday.