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Local firefighter retires after 27 years’ service

William McWalter's retiral presentation in Carnoustie Fire Station on Thursday evening made to him bt station manager Fraser Scott with his colleagues looking on.

William McWalter's retiral presentation in Carnoustie Fire Station on Thursday evening made to him bt station manager Fraser Scott with his colleagues looking on.

A senior Carnoustie firefighter has retired and on Thursday was presented with a cetificate to mark his 27 years’ service.

At Carnoustie Fire Station, William McWalter, retained watch manager, was presented with the certificate by Fraser Scott, station manager.

Gifts from his colleagues will be handed over at a dinner and presentation evening, the date of which has yet to be finalised.

Mr McWalter, who runs his own business, W.M. McWalter, Plumbing and heating services, joined Tayside Fire Brigade on May 15, 1987. He was promoted to leading firefighter in 1998 and became watch manager in 2005.

His retirement has been prompted by a back problem.

He has been involved in many memorable fires including the Earlston Hotel, Carnoustie, where he was the driver of the appliance, the Greens Bingo Hall, Dundee, and Morgan High School.

He commented: “The last major fire I attended was that of the three shops at Carnoustie High Street where I was the officer in charge.”

Mr McWalter told the Guide & Gazette: “I have been proud to protect the community of Carnoustie and the surrounding area.

“When I joined the service it was Tayside Fire Brigade but this was changed to Tayside Fire and Rescue and it is now Scottish Fire and Rescue.”

He has seen many changes over the years. He went on: “When I joined the service our job was basically putting out fires. However, now it is a fire and rescue service and the appliance carries a large amount of equipment including hydraulic curring gear and water rescue equipment.

“One of the main changes the service has seen has been the introduction of home fire safety visits to the community.”

Mr McWalter has a son Michael and a daughter Lauren.

Now he is retitred he will be able to spend more time with grandson Steven and also pursue his hobby of motorcycles.

 

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