Retained firefighter retires

A retained firefighter with Grampian Fire and Rescue Service has retired after 32 years service.

In recognition of Donald Bain’s commitment and dedication, he was presented with a commemorative brass firefighter’s axe by Chief Fire Officer, David Dalziel, at Banchory station, on Monday, June 6.

Don, who is originally from Braemar but moved to BAnchory around six years ago, has served with both Banchory and Braemar stations over his long career and has attended numerous notable fires over the years, including the huge blaze that destroyed much of Mar Lodge in 1991.

A fire service spokesman said: “Retained duty firefighters play an essential part in ensuring local communities are provided with a safe, competent and effective fire service based within a few minutes of any potential emergency and the substantial commitment made by individuals should not be underestimated.”