South Queensferry volunteer lands dream job

Derek Stenhouse has been a retained firefighter for three years
Derek Stenhouse has been a retained firefighter for three years

A volunteer firefighter from South Queensferry has landed his dream job – by becoming a fully fledged firefighter with Scottish Fire and Rescue.

Derek Stenhouse was a retained firefighter at the station in South Queensferry for more than three years and his father, also Derek, volunteered there for 30 years.

He finished his last shift at the station and started a 14-week training course on Monday.

He said: “My dad worked for 30 years at the retained South Queensferry fire station and he is the reason I wanted to join the service and become a full-time firefighter.

“I’ve enjoyed my time as a retained firefighter and I hope to come back once my training is finished. It’s the job I’ve always wanted to do.”

Firefighters on the retained duty system are men and women who live and work close to a specific station who can commit to providing an emergency response within their community.

In order to provide cover, employers must support those who volunteer in case of emergencies and additional training. In this case, Tesco supported Derek and gave him time off for fire calls and training.

He said employers would benefit from a “whole new range of skills and experience” and taking on the role would make the “community safer for those who live, work and come to visit”.

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