Fire chiefs’ ‘right hand woman’ retires

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BARBARA Dunn, who was the ‘right hand woman’ to a string of leading officers at what she described as “the best fire service in Scotland” has retired, reports MIKE DELANEY.

She is taking a well-earned break after 36 years - or 36 and a half to be precise - working at the service’s headquarters in Thornton, latterly as secretary to chief fire officer.

Barbara, who was originally from the village where the Fife Fire and Rescue Service has its base, spent more than three years as a travel agent at a shop in Kirkcaldy before joining the ‘crew’.

She started work with what was then known as Fife Fire Brigade in July, 1974.

Three years later, she was promoted to the post of secretary.

During her long career, Barbara has served with 10 Firemasters/chief fire officers and has seen many changes in staff, office equipment and work schedules.

Now living in Methil with her husband, Andy, she says it’s finally time to hang up her uniform and hand over to the younger generation.

Barbara added: “I’ve done my job, challenging though it’s been at times, to the best of my ability and feel it’s time to call it a day, as I’ve spent the biggest part of my life serving the public in the best fire service in Scotland”.

What better way to retire?