Larbert firefighter Stephen Thomson has been elected the new regional secretary of the Fire Brigades Union in Scotland.
The 47-year-old father of two joined the service in 1994 and worked at Bo’ness and Falkirk and at his local wholetime station in Larbert. Throughout his career he has had a keen interest in union affairs and served as the FBU’s branch official at all three stations as well as at Central Scotland Fire Brigade level as chairman and secretary.
After winning the support of 80 per cent of its 5000 members in Scotland he took up his new role at the union’s headquarters in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square this week.
He said: “It’s a great honour to be elected to represent Scotland’s firefighters and be given the chance to speak for them. I’d like to thank my colleagues for their support and am looking forward to the many challenges which lie ahead. My priority will be to defend this vital public service and those who work within it on behalf of our communities across Scotland. It will be a difficult job, but alongside other union officials I will work hard with management to mitigate the impact of any proposed changes.”
Mr Thomson takes over from John Duffy who has been in charge for four years.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “I’d like to congratulate Stephen on his election and look forward to working with him. The fire service is under attack in Scotland and elsewhere and our job is to protect it against cuts and job losses which put the safety of firefighters and the public at risk.”