Fire­fighter switches sta­tion af­ter two decades

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Han­nah O’Han­lon edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

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.

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Dou­glas re­ceived his long ser­vice, good con­duct medal af­ter more than 20 years with the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

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