Firefighter receives International award

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David Kay OBE, chairman of International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA) today (Tuesday 30th July) was presented with a medal and diploma, celebrating his initiation into the Paraguayan Military History and Geographical Society, by the President of the Society Mr Juan Jose Benitez Rickmann.

A serving firefighter in Lochgelly, David has, along with other members of IFRA, delivered 74 emergency vehicles and 22 containers of equipment since IFRA was founded in 2001.

Receiving his award at the Glen Pavillion in Dunfermline, David said ”I regard Paraguay as my second home and to be the first Scot to receive this award is indeed a great honour. I would like to thank all the members of IFRA for their hard work and dedication and this award is for the whole team.  I will try to uphold this honour to the best of my ability.”

Lord Lieutenant of Fife Mrs Margaret Dean said “It is wonderful that David has been honoured in this country as well as Paraguay. He is a credit to Scotland.”

Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay in the UK, Miguel Solano Lopez added “This 30th of July is a special day.  Not only is David receiving this honour but today is International Friendship Day.  This day has been celebrated in Paraguay where the first World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958.”

Our picture shows: Willie Rennie MSP and Patron of IFRA, Group Manager Bert Stewart, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Provost of Fife Jim Leishman, Juan Jose Benitez Rickmann, Lord Lieutenant of Fife Mrs Margaret Dean, David Kay, OBE, Ambassador Miguel Solano Lopez, Trevor Brady, Mines Rescue and Errol Parish, Mines Rescue. Photo by David Wardle Photography.