Aberdeenshire MSP Gillian Martin paid a visit to Ellon Fire Station during the crew’s Tuesday evening training session.
As well as receiving a tour of the station, Ms Martin spoke with the largely part-time fire service crew on a wide range of subjects and thanked them for the fine job they do.
Ms Martin told the Ellon Times: “The fire service crew at Ellon fire station are a great team who give everything to their community, often in very difficult circumstances.
“The work they do is vital, not only fighting fires but also preventing them, attending road traffic collisions and providing essential support during flooding.
“It was a pleasure to engage with the team on a number of subjects.
“And it was great to be able to thank them for the first class service they provide to our communities,” she added.