Bert, dedicated his working career to helping others, serving various fire brigade divisions since 1961. Bert joined the Lanarkshire Fire Brigade in 1961, serving 28 years. Bert excelled in his career - gaining promotions and taking up positions as Station Officer in Glasgow, later becoming an officer at divisional level back in E division, the old Lanarkshire Brigade in 1981.

Bert started his journey at Airdrie CAB as a volunteer advisor, later being invited to the Board of Directors and continuing to serve the community.