Henry says farewell to life as a Bute firefighter

Former Rothesay firefighter Henry Tait with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Argyll group manager Russell Byrne, Jim Hymas, area manager for Argyll and Bute and East and West Dunbartonshire, and Rothesay station watch manager Roddie Shaw.
Former Rothesay firefighter Henry Tait with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Argyll group manager Russell Byrne, Jim Hymas, area manager for Argyll and Bute and East and West Dunbartonshire, and Rothesay station watch manager Roddie Shaw.

Rothesay resident and Bute community councillor Henry Tait has fought his last blaze after 28 years as a retained firefighter on the island.

Henry, who works by day with Scottish Water, joined up on November 3, 1987, and after breathing apparatus training, he joined ‘the run’ in January of the following year, eventually reaching the rank of crew manager.

Rothesay watch manager Roddie Shaw said: “We’re sorry to lose Henry - he’s a real calming influence on the whole station.”

Russell Byrne, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s group manager for Argyll, and Jim Hymas, the service’s area manager for Argyll and Bute and East and West Dunbartonshire, were among those present to say farewell on December 1.

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