Our colleague, Andrew Adams, 49, a Watch Manager based in Greenock recently sustained serious injuries when a wall collapsed during firefighting operations in the town. Andrew has shared his story and tells us how support from his Fire Service family has inspired him "to keep going". Andrew, a father-of-two is still being treated at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Known to friends as "Andy", he is being supported by daughter Hannah, 22, son Darren, 14, and partner of 25 years, Clare Linning, who is a nurse. He has had regular contact with friends and colleagues, and was recently visited by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer Alasdair Hay. Efforts at Greenock Fire Station are now underway to raise funds to assist Andrew's rehabilitation. Speaking from his hospital bed, he said: "I just want to thank everyone for their support - my family and my colleagues, and people from all over the country. "The Service has been behind me and so has the communities of Greenock and Inverclyde. "All of that support combined has given me the motivation to keep going."
He added: "The support that my family and I have received from my fellow firefighters is hard to describe. "There has basically been support from right across the Service, from the top of the organisation right down. "The Fire Service is like a family. We are always there for each other." Andrew was seriously injured as he and his crew tackled the fire at Greenock's Auchmead Road in the early hours of Thursday, 25 August. He said: "My friends and colleagues are wanting to do some fundraising for me and my family to assist with my long-term rehabilitation. "At the moment, we do not know what we will need but that offer of assistance is invaluable. "I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the fantastic NHS staff at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Intensive Care Unit, as well as the National Spinal Injuries Unit."
Andrew joined the Service in 1989 as a retained firefighter in Greenock and became a wholetime firefighter in 1992 at Paisley. He was thereafter promoted to crew manager at Ardrossan in Ayrshire and also sub-officer at Ardrossan and Port Glasgow, as well as temporary station officer at Johnstone and Ardrossan, and watch manager at Port Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock. He is presently watch commander for Group 4 at Greenock Community Fire Station.
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This page has been created to raise money for the rehabilitaion and futute needs of firefighter Andy Adams who suffered life changing injuries including complete paraplegia at an operational incident.
Andy's injuries include:
Here are some upcoming events where you can support Andy:
10th June 2017
A Northern Soul Night held in the Cruden Hall on the 10th June 2017.
This event has sold out.Click for larger image
10th June 2017
Starts at 9:30am at Greenock Fire Station | Depart Greenock Fire Station approx 10am | Arrive IRH at 11am | Water Station Break | Depart IRH 11:10am | Arrive Gourock Fire Station 11:15am | Water Station Break | Depart Gourock Fire Station 11:25am | Arrive Greenock Fire Station 12:45pm
To take part, contact Sandy McLean at Greenock Fire Station on 07795 494 823Click for larger image
26th May 2017
A charity golf day at Gourock Golf Course held on Friday 27th May 2017.
4 Person Team Stableford Competition | Entry £100 per team | Pre round roll and two course buffet included | Prizes, raffle and auction on the day
To book at tee time, contact David McGinley at Port Glasgow Fire Station on 01475 741222Click for larger image
8th April 2017
Local artist and retired fire fighter, Jim Owens has kindly donated one of his paintings to be raffled to help rais funds for the rehabilitation of injured fire fighter, Andy Adams.
Raffle tickets can be purchased from the Seagull Gallery in Gourock where the painting can also be viewed.
Tickets can be bought individually for £1.00 or by the strip.
Due to unforseen circumstances, the draw for this painting will now be held on Saturday 29th April 2017 in the Greenock Fire Station.Click for larger image
Millport Golf Club are offering serving and retired Scottish Fire & Rescue Service personnel the opportunity to play a four ball for £40.00 (Monday - Thursday throughout the season) with £10.00 being donated by the club to Andy's Fund.Click for larger image
25th March 2017
The sun was shining, the cars were out, it was a perfect day for a charity car wash!
Thanks to all those who donated to our charity car wash. With your generous donations we managed to raise a staggering £6414.00! A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day, we couldn't have managed it without you!Click for larger image
4th March 2017
A charity race night and disco will be held in the Port Glasgow Town Hall on Saturday 4th March 2017.
Tickets are on sale for £5.00 and are available by contacting the Fire Brigades Union WSDA Organiser on 07730 600895 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doors open at 7:30pm and the first race starts at 8:00pm
There will be a bar, food and a raffle.Click for larger image
15th Dec 2016
A MINUTE'S applause will take place at Morton's match on Saturday in tribute to the bravery of injured Greenock firefighter Andy Adams.
Firefighters will also be at the Cappielow turnstiles prior to the match collecting donations for the appeal set up in aid of watch manager Adams.
Colleagues started a fund towards his rehabilitation and to pay for his house to be altered so he can return home to his family.
In a statement on their website, Morton confirmed: "Supporters have contacted the club to make us aware of a planned one-minute applause in the 49th minute (Andy is 49-years-old).
The match against Hibernian kicks off at 5.15pm and is being shown live on BBC Alba.