Lanarkshire Fire Station Commended for a Nature Project Opens its Doors to a Virtual Audience

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You might not be able to visit a fire station in person at the moment due to COVID restrictions, but, thanks to digital Doors Open Days this year, the public can still get a glimpse of what life is like for firefighters based at Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

The event provides an opportunity to showcase the variety of work carried out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), including the many specialist services it provides.

The station, which was recently commended in parliament for creating a nature garden thanks to Clare Adamson MSP, has allowed cameras inside the building to give people a guided tour.

Motherwell Station Commander (SC), Des Donnelly said: "We are delighted to take part in Doors Open Days and to welcome people through our doors virtually at the moment due to current COVID restrictions.

"I think it's a great opportunity to show people what goes on behind the scenes in our station as we work hard to protect our community.

"We take pride in our work but also we take pride in the facilities we have in Motherwell and the garden project is a good example of that."

The film, which is narrated by Crew Commander (CC), James Monaghan, gives an insight into the Community Fire Station which looks after approximately 32,000 local residents, due to the vast area they cover.

They work to prevent risk, which includes home fire safety visits.

CC, James Monaghan, said: “Working with our partner agencies, we carried out over 985 home fire safety visits to protect the most vulnerable in our community. It’s a key element of what we do.”

The virtual tour also shows the three appliances based at Motherwell. These appliances include an aerial rescue platform (ARP), which assisted at the Glasgow School of Art fire, and a water rescue unit. Due to the station being located near rivers and open waters, such as Strathclyde Loch, water rescue equipment is a vital part of their fleet.

The building is also home to two beehives, wildflowers and tree saplings as part of a sustainability project to become part of a pollinator network around Scotland.

Also taking part in North Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Days, is Coatbridge Community Fire Station.

Coatbridge Watch Commander (WC), Anthony Mallon, takes visitors on a tour around the station which also houses a mass decontamination and major incident unit.

Adam Smith, North Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Days Coordinator, said:

“The annual Doors Open Days weekend is always a fantastic way for people to explore their local communities and to see behind-the-scenes in buildings they wouldn’t usually have access to.

“In North Lanarkshire we’ve been lucky to have the continual support of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and last year we had five community fire stations participating in North Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Days event.

“Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 means we’re unable to offer our usual Doors Open Days programme in 2020, however we’re grateful to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for continuing to take part and to support our virtual Doors Open Days weekend with video tours of Coatbridge and Motherwell Community Fire Stations.”

For full details of participating venues throughout Scotland, please visit

North Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Days takes part over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September and you can access sites virtually here:

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