Volunteers Week - Garry West

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The car valet tells of his role as a volunteer firefighter


Garry West

For almost two decades, Garry West has been protecting the community of Kirkmichael, in Perth and Kinross.

Originally from Brechin, the 50-year-old has been a volunteer firefighter for 19 years and is crew manager.

The car valet businessman also carries out an additional role as a retained firefighter at Blairgowrie.

Garry says he feels a sense of “community pride” as a volunteer - and his enthusiasm has never wavered.

He spoke of his role as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service this week celebrates the outstanding work of all of its volunteers.

Each and every day they work to protect communities, raise vital charity funding and preserve the heritage of the world’s fourth largest emergency service.

We are launching this campaign as part of Volunteers Week, a celebration of notable people across the UK between June 1-7.

Garry said: “It’s a great feeling being able to give something back to the local community - and I am proud to say I have volunteered for as long as I have.

“My business is based in Kirkmichael and everyone looks after everyone here. I am happy to give something back and being a volunteer firefighter means that you are in a position to help a person when they might need it most.”