New senior fire officer for Galloway

Hamish McGhie has 25 years' experience as a frontline firefighter
Hamish McGhie has 25 years' experience as a frontline firefighter

A new local senior officer has been appointed to lead the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) across Dumfries and Galloway.

Area Manager Hamish McGhie has 25 years’ experience as a frontline firefighter and in senior roles.

The Lochmaben man joined the former Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service in 1991 and rose through the ranks before taking on a range of roles with SFRS. He has since worked to co-ordinate services across the west of Scotland as well as in strategic planning and in maintaining effective emergency response.

Mr McGhie said: “Dumfries and Galloway is an incredible part of the country and it’s great to be working here. We have a fantastic team of people who are utterly committed to protecting our communities and we also enjoy very productive partnerships that bring real benefit to the public. Working with partners we can better identify people who may be at risk and more effectively help them stay safe.”

As the designated local senior officer for Dumfries and Galloway Mr McGhie joins his counterparts for six other areas as part of the West of Scotland’s SFRS leadership team.

He succeeds Area Manager Alan Fairbairn, the local senior officer for neighbouring South Lanarkshire, who previously held both posts.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Peter Heath, the head of service delivery for the West OF Scotland, has overall responsibility for leading the region’s local senior officers.

He said: “I am delighted to welcome Hamish to the team.

“His experience and knowledge will be a great benefit to the local area in driving forward our work to support communities.

“Area Manager Fairbairn has done an excellent job and I am certain Hamish will build on this work as we continually develop and improve the service.”