Reverend Murray McBride
Our Brigade Chaplain, Reverend Murray McBride, joined us in October 2011.
Murray was born and brought up in London then the family moved to Devon when he was a teenager. He studied at farming college in Newton Abbot and worked as a herdsman for some years. Murray met his future wife, Karin, while farming in North Devon and they married a couple of years later in her home country in Sweden. Murray worked for a charity called Church Army, working in schools, prisons, homeless centres and churches for 11 years, before being retrained and ordained in Lincoln Cathedral. He worked as a vicar in Cumbria before joining the British Army as a chaplain on a 3 year short service commission. He deployed to Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009 Murray became the vicar of St George’s, Frankwell. He and his wife work together in the parish and love being part of a thriving community. He is the third vicar from St George’s to be SFRS Brigade Chaplain.
The Chaplain's role is to provide pastoral and welfare support to staff, their families and retired members during times of need. Murray will be visiting stations, watches and HQ teams and should anyone need support he is available to visit Brigade personnel, their families and retired members who may be in hospital or in times of crises at home, regardless of faith.
As Brigade Chaplain it is sometimes necessary for Murray to attend certain emergency incidents and provide support to personnel who may come face to face with situational dangers and distress, and where appropriate providing reassurance, prayer or pastoral support to casualties or others involved at the scene.
The Chaplain also leads the Brigade's Festival of Carols which takes place annually in December.