A cohort of new firefighters completed their training and were welcomed into the Scottish fire and rescue service at a passing out ceremony at Stornoway fire station this afternoon (Friday November 15th).

Seven new officers demonstrated their newly acquired skills to their families, serving fire officers and community representatives, before accepting their badges and celebrating a new role in their communities.

Lead instructor watch commander David Stewart told welovestornoway.com: “The new firefighters have undergone an intense two weeks of training which ensures that they are able to continue their development as firefighters safely. We congratulate them all for the hard work they have put in and for the service they are prepared to offer to their communities.”

The new recruits are Calum Mackay, who will be based at South Lochs, Rhiannon Teather of Great Bernera, Stornoway recruits Errol Chalmers and Sean Laing, Michael Macmanus from Benbecula, John MacLean of Bayhead, North Uist and Donald Morrison, who will serve at Tarbert fire station in Harris.

They are pictured here with instructors David Stewart and crew commander Alan Saunders before their final exercise and presentation ceremony.

Western Isles area fire service are still recruiting for all stations, but especially for rural locations, with the next round of applications open at https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/emergency-services/scottish-fire-and-rescue-service/jobs/rds-firefighter-western-isles-66816. Applications close in mid-January and the next round of entry tests is in February 2020.

Fire Scotland’s group commander for the Western Isles, Gavin Hammond, said: “I’d encourage anyone with an interest in firefighting or who is thinking they might like to offer their skills, especially if you live in a rural area, to contact us at our district offices and find out more.”

Group commander Gavin Hammond can be contacted at Stornoway Fire Station on 01851 705051.