Firefighters recognised for long service and good conduct

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A total of 10 firefighters and five staff received their awards from the Chief Officer

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A group of firefighters and colleagues with a combined 200 years of dedicated service were recognised at a special award ceremony earlier this week.

The 10-strong gathering was brought together at Aberdeen Town House where they received Long Service Good Conduct medals.

The medals were presented by Alasdair Hay, Chief Officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to acknowledge their 20-year commitment to communities.

Also in attendance at the event on Tuesday, August 15 was the Chair of the Board of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Pat Watters and the Deputy Assistant Chief Officer, Andy Coueslant.

The firefighters are based across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

In addition, awards were handed out to four SFRS staff members who also each received a certificate to mark 30 years of loyal service.

Chief Officer Hay said: “I am delighted to be here in Aberdeen to present these Long Service and Good Conduct medals to some of our amazing staff in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“There is absolutely no doubt that every single one of you has earned this recognition - not only for long and loyal commitment to the service, but for an outstanding and exemplary conduct over the past 20 years.

“I meet many different people in my role and there is no doubt whatsoever that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is amongst the most respected of public sector organisations; for everything that we do to protect our country and our communities.

“The words I hear regularly are: bravery, commitment - those who are always prepared to go the extra mile to protect the public at times of crisis.  And I say in reply: yes our Firefighters are all of that - but they could not do that without our support staff, the ones that work behind the scenes.  You are the enablers.

“And I am pleased to see you here – for you are all equally deserving of these awards today.

“Every single one of you are the epitome of the Scottish Fire and Rescue spirit.  You have devoted yourselves to keeping people safe.”

The firefighters who received their Long Service and Good Conduct medals were Firefighters Michael McArthur, Derek Thom and Corrina Cox, Crew Manager Andrew Hislop and Station Manager Graham Hogg

The staff recipients of the 30-year certificate were Watch Managers Stewart Wood and John Lawtie, Crew Manager George Hamilton and Firefighter Nigel Jackson.

Recognition of Service was also given to Watch Manager Paul Morrison which was accepted in his memory & honour by his family.

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