Local firefighter retires after 40 years

After 40 years of service one of Carnoustie’s longest serving fire fighters has retired.

Robin Marshall
Robin Marshall at his civic reception with Angus provost Ronnie Proctor and LSO (local senior officer) Gordon Pryde

Robin Marshall, 60, began his career in 1978 as a 20-year-old.

He started as a firefighter at the Carnoustie station before working his way up the ranks to retire as watch manager.

Throughout his four decades of service he has managed to squeeze in the time to marry wife Fiona and welcome daughter Hannah.

Robin said: “I began at Carnoustie station when I was just 20 and climbed up the ladder through a number of roles.

“I have absolutely loved my time in the service and I am really sorry to be leaving, although it is time.

“I was just as enthusiastic about my job when I retired as I was when I fist began all that time ago.

“It has been great to see the change in the fire service through the years, from all the specialised training that is now available to the advances in machinery that we now use at accidents.

“Back then our cutting tool was just a hacksaw – there have been so many advances since then.”

Although Robin has loved his time he does admit that he won’t miss the 24/7 dedication it takes to work in the fire service.

He said: “I think the thing people don’t realise is just how big a commitment the job entails.

“Myself and my family have had to give up a lot of things over the years so I will be pleased to not be tied to the pager anymore.”

Since a post announcing his retirement was put on social media page “Our Carnoustie”, nearly 200 people have expressed their gratitude for Robin’s service and former colleagues have shared their memories of working with him.

Robin was also announced as the first Angus firefighter to have completed 40 years of service in the brigade at a civic reception held by Angus Council.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed by all the lovely replies I’ve had on my retirement from the fire service,” he said.

“I never thought for one minute this would have attracted so much attention.

“Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words and very best wishes, it means a lot.

“It has been amazing hearing from people I haven’t seen in 25 years.”