Appointed head of Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue service

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A FORMER retained Carnoustie firefighter has been appointed the chief fire officer at Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service.

Stewart Edgar, who still lives in the town with his family, takes up the position until March 31 when the single fire service for Scotland comes into force.

Mr Edgar, who was a deputy chief fire officer with Tayside Police was appointed interim leader of Highland and Islands Fire Service in February last year.

He was seconded to the service to lead them through an improvement of training and best value.

Mr Edgar said: “I am delighted that the board has appointed me as the interim chief fire officer.

“It is with great pleasure that I have accepted this appointment and although it will be for a relatively short period I feel very honoured to receive such an opportunity.”

 Mr Edgar started his career as a retained firefighter at Carnoustie fire station before joining the full time service in 1993.