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Iain Takes Over As Area’s Top Fireman


A rescue expert whose team won a global competition in South Africa has become the new area Scottish Fire and Rescue Service senior officer.

Iain McCusker’s team won the World Rescue Challenge in Capetown, where he was also awarded the trophy for Best Incident Commander.

Now he continues to develop top skills covering rescue work in every environment from urban to water, and he’s vice chairman of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation.

With 27 years of experience in the service – and a consistent record of high achievement in his numerous different roles – he now takes charge of crews based at the area’s seven operational fire stations, and becomes the dedicated link between SFRS and the local authority.

He said: “I’m very much looking forward to leading the team in North Lanarkshire and progressing the excellent work done to date.

“Being at the heart of the central belt also means our crews have to be ready to respond to incidents on several major motorways crossing the area and the many back roads linking towns and villages.

“All this means it’s vital that we have strong partnerships with North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland and of course the public – who have a key role to play in helping us reach those most at risk from fire. 

Area manager McCusker joined the fire service in 1988, and after several promotions was promoted to assistant divisional officer, then area manager in 2007 and head of workforce planning for Central Scotland.

He gained a Master’s Degree with distinction in 2010.

In 2013 he became the response and resilience coordinator, based in Perth.