New firefighter Gary captured for posterity

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THE retained crew at Langholm fire station have a new recruit.

Gary Paisley has completed the first phase of intensive training towards becoming a fully-competent retained firefighter, undertaking a two-week task and task management course closely followed by a further two-week breathing apparatus wearer's course.

He also found time to get married and go on honeymoon in between courses.

Gary has now passed all the requirements to go “on the run” with the crew, responding to emergency calls by pager. Gary works in the town and has the support of his employer to allow him to leave his day job as a joiner to attend calls when necessary.

His training and development doesn’t stop here. He now enters a three-year development phase, during which he will build on the core skills he attained during his initial training and learn more about attending chemical incidents, road traffic collisions, animal rescue, wildfires and all the other types of incident he may have to attend in the area.

The station was also presented with some photos of the crew by Langholm photographer Barry Young.

Barry said: "Jamie Fletcher approached me to ask whether I had any images they could use to brighten up the fire station. He had seen a couple I had posted on Facebook in January 2016 of an incident in the High Street - a chimney fire, I think.

I'd just received a new lens and the fire engines in the snow were an ideal opportunity to test it. I offered to donate these as photo panels to the station and take an updated crew photo once Gary had joined."

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 12:00PM
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