Shiskine SWI welcomes firefighters

Shiskine Fire Service firefighters, Willie Robertson and Colin Cameron, provided the SWI attendees with an interesting talk and a fun demonstration.

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After the cancellation of their January meeting owing to Covid, Shiskine SWI members were delighted to welcome two volunteer firefighters from Blackwaterfoot Fire Service to their February meeting.

Volunteer firefighters, Colin Cameron and Willie Robertson, were equally excited to finally be able to attend the meeting at the Shiskine golf clubhouse after numerous previous cancellations over many months.

Colin talked about the history of the local fire service and the improvements in equipment and communications over the years.


And, under the careful supervision of Willie Robertson, Claire Buchanan and Evelyn Hamilton donned heavyweight protective clothing and gave a brave, blindfolded simulation of how to get around a smoke-filled room

Members described the evening as entertaining and informative and agreed that they felt very reassured to learn of the commitment and dedication of all the volunteer firefighters on the island.

The competition for the February meeting was four small home-baked cakes and this was won by Kate Henderson with Elizabeth Ross taking second place.

The exhibition photograph results were repeated, with Kate Henderson taking first place and Elizabeth Ross in second. The raffle prize was won by Jenni Turnbull.


The next meeting for Shiskine SWI will take place on Wednesday March 2, which is also the AGM and quiz night. The competition will be a spring flower arrangement in a milk jug and the exhibition, a favourite scarf.

Kate Mackintosh

Evelyn Hamilton and Claire Buchanan take instruction from Willie Robertson on how to navigate a smoke-filled room.