THE Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed the first-ever female firefighter to join its crew in Largs.

Siobhan Auld is the latest addition to the team of retained on-call firefighters at the Largs community fire station, and starts work following weeks of training.

Her arrival comes after the retiral earlier this year of Norman Burt, who dedicated 45 years of his life to keeping the people of the town safe.

Norman joined the crew on January 1, 1979 and remained an integral part of the station's team until the end of March.

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Siobhan, who works at The Three Reasons in Gallowgate Street, completed her initial two week course a few months ago and is now ready to start work after undergoing intensive training in Dumfries.

A spokesperson from the station said: "Congratulations to our newest and first ever female firefighter at Largs, Siobhan Auld.

"Siobhan successfully completed her initial two week course a few months ago and passed her BA [breathing apparatus] course on Friday.

"Thanks to The Three Reasons for letting Siobhan attend the course and bring valuable fire cover to the community."