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Calling time on 30-year career

Derek, back row, middle, is seen here with his Queensferry Fire Station colleagues

Derek, back row, middle, is seen here with his Queensferry Fire Station colleagues

A firefighter in Queensferry is hanging up his helmet for the last time after 30 years in the role.

A firefighter in Queensferry is hanging up his helmet for the last time after 30 years in the role.

Derek Stenhouse, 48, a retained firefighter at the Queensferry station has decided to call it a day.

A production line engineer with Diageo in Leven, Derek works shifts but when not doing his full-time job, he is on call for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

He started at South Queensferry on the February 8, 1984 on a going rate of £19 week for being on call and attending training nights. He was confirmed as eligible to attend fires on April 13 that year and and has been ever- present at that station for 30 years.

Derek said: ‘‘After 30 years in the service, I felt the time was right to stand down, no other reason. But it will be good to get my Wednesday nights back instead of the weekly training nights and I will now be able to go to B&Q whenever I want.’’

Derek joined the fire service while employed at Queensferry’s VAT 69 plant and would run up the Loan to the station if there was an emergency.

Despite latterly working in Fife, Derek said his employers had been really accommodating as on more than one occasion he has been forced to miss shifts due to attending fires in the city or local area.

John Hanlon, group manager for Edinburgh West and South West said: ‘‘Derek has given 30 self-less years to the community of Queensferry.’’

Despite his departure, the Stenhouse name will still be called at the fire station as Derek’s son, Derek Jnr, is a retained firefighter there.

If anyone is interested in becoming a retained firefighter at Queensferry check the www.myjobscotland.gov.uk website for vacancies.

 

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