Emergency services / Two senior fire officers to move on

Departing station commanders James Riggans (left) and Scott Beedie (right).

THE SCOTTISH Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in Shetland will be losing two of its senior officers at the end of June.

Station commander James Riggans is retiring on 30 June after nearly three decades of service. He has been working in Shetland since April 2022.

Some notable incidents for Riggans in Shetland were, as the SFRS senior officer, the two multi-agency major incidents in 2022 with a communications outage and major snowfall.

A replacement for Riggans has already been sourced and station commander Anthony McLaughlin will transfer over from Orkney, starting 1 July.

Meanwhile station commander Scott Beedie is transferring back to his home area of Perth and Kinross after two years and nine months in Shetland having first arrived in October 2021.

Both said they have had a great experience working in Shetland and have met many new friends, and that “everywhere they have gone, they have always been met with a friendly welcome”.

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