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Tongue and Bettyhill residents urged to think about becoming firefighters


By Caroline McMorran

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to the communities of Tongue and Bettyhill for help in finding new crew members for their local fire stations.

The fire stations each need a minimum crew of four to ensure they can continue to respond safely and effectively to a range of different emergencies.

There are only three firefighters at Tongue station - four are needed before the unit can attend call-outs.
There are only three firefighters at Tongue station - four are needed before the unit can attend call-outs.

Watch Commander George Mackay of Tongue Fire Station said: “I would encourage folk in the local area to join the Fire Service. We are really keen to welcome people from all walks of life who can bring their skills and unique life experience to our team.

“It's a great way to learn new skills in a supportive environment and earn additional income – it is also an ideal opportunity to serve our community in the most rewarding way.

“We have made lots of efforts to recruit but would also ask everyone in the community to have a think about becoming a firefighter."

He added: “We are also urging those needing some safety advice either for themselves or perhaps a family member to reach out and we will support wherever possible. Equally, if you just want to have a chat about who we are and what we do then the door is always open.”

An open evening will be held at Bettyhill Fire Station on Thursday between 7pm and 9pm.

This is an opportunity for anyone wishing to join to find out about what’s involved in the job and how to join, but also for anyone who may want fire safety advice or simply just to meet their local fire crew.

All COVID-19 social distancing guidelines must be observed. To book a slot contact Thurso District Office on 01847 893338.

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