Firefighter switches station after two decades
One of Campbeltown’s longest-serving firefighters has hung up his Wee Toon helmet and moved to another station. Douglas McMurchy, 58, has transferred to Bridge of Allan’s retained fire station after almost 22 years at Campbeltown Fire Station. Mr McMurchy, an appliance driver and retained firefighter, who received a long service, good conduct medal recently, started at his new station on Monday night. His move to Stirlingshire is for a fresh start with his family, partner Wilma, daughter, Amy, 20, who is attending Stirling University, and son, Douglas, who will soon be 16 and seeking employment. ‘There will be a better quality of life for them, and more job opportunities,’ Mr McMurchy told the Courier. ‘We’re all very excited - but I’m not excited about leaving Campbeltown Fire Station.’ Campbeltown’s watch manager Ronnie Souden referred to Mr McMurchy as a ‘driver, firefighter, colleague and friend who will be much missed’ during a presentation at the station’s open day on Saturday. He added: ‘Thank you for your commitment to the community.’ Mr McMurchy was presented with a framed copy of the station’s most recent staff photograph, a bottle of Kilkerran whisky and a bunch of flowers for Wilma, who could not attend the event. For more on the station’s open day, see pages 21, 22 and 23.
Douglas McMurchy, centre, with watch manager Ronnie Souden, second left, and crew managers Grant Macpherson, Jamie Reid and Kelly McSporran.
Douglas received his long service, good conduct medal after more than 20 years with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.