THE Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has appointed a new chief for the North of Scotland - who has vowed to protect communities from emerging modern risks such as severe flooding.
David Farries, a veteran firefighter of 20 years, has experience of assisting some of Scotland’s most rural communities at times of major emergency.
His new role is Deputy Assistant Chief Officer (DACO) for the North Service Delivery Area which stretches from Perth and Kinross to the Shetland Isles.
DACO Farries most notably commanded the SFRS frontline response during major flooding sparked by Storm Frank, which devastated communities across the country including Ballater and Newton Stewart.
He said: "The north of Scotland is one of the most beautiful and diverse areas, not only in the UK but the world.
"However, I am keenly aware of the risks that face our communities and how they continue to change, and I intend to ensure that we meet these risks through service transformation combined with the full weight and resources of our national service."
He started his career as a firefighter in the City of Edinburgh.
After his promotion to Local Senior Officer for Midlothian, Lothian and the Scottish Borders, DACO Farries oversaw SFRS’ operations in some of the most rural communities in Scotland, covering dozens of wholetime and retained stations.
DACO Farries continued: "When Storm Frank hit I saw first-hand the devastating impacts of severe weather related flooding and was the incident commander in many of these instances.
"I am bringing all of this experience and knowledge to bear in this new challenge – and I will ensure that we continue to have the right people and the right resources in the right place - at the right time."
DACO Farries has lately taken up hiking and is working his way towards conquering all 282 Munros – having done more than 140 already.