Alan Weston

Alan Weston

What company do you currently work for?

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

What is your name?

Alan Weston

What is your job title?

Watch Commander

Provide a brief description of your business.

I am responsible for managing an operational watch at Elgin Fire Station whilst also acting as an Incident Commander when responding to operational Incidents. General duties within the watch involve the training and development of staff whilst also planning fire safety activities for both public and commercial needs within the local community.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school.

I left school in 1988 and had a short spell within the armed forces. Returned to Elgin and worked in various retail / sales-related posts where I spent seven years with Comet until 2000 as an Assistant Manager.

During this time I joined Grampian Fire and Rescue Service as a retained fire firefighter from 1996 to 2001 and later that year I joined Grampian Fire and Rescue as a wholetime firefighter.

I progressed to Crew Commander during 2005 and then Watch Commander from 2006 to the present date.

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

Maths, English and Geography are all directly related to the role of a firefighter either as requirements for application or for day-to-day activities/incidents.

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?

Helping the local community and being part of a team that can make a difference in challenging situations.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

To help the local community, the physical nature of the job and teamwork environment.

Did you ever want to pursue another career?


What does a typical day in your role involve?

Managing an operational watch, planning watch activities, training and development, and also attending operational incidents.

What skills are required to do your job?

Positive attitude, motivated, team work, good all-round physical ability, and being professional and respectful at all times.

What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?

Work hard at school and acquire as many skills and qualifications during your education. Involve yourself in teamwork e.g sports, groups, etc and maintain good physical fitness.

Most importantly be positive and never give up as it took me 8 years to join the wholetime fire service.
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