Glasgow SFRS officer receives bravery award

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Watch Manager Allan Brown was honoured by the First Minister for his efforts to help those involved in the Queen Street tragedy last year.

WM Allan Brown , St Andrews Awards.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) officer has received a St Andrew’s Award for his actions to help people caught-up in the tragic Queen Street bin lorry crash last December.

Watch Manager Allan Brown was shopping with his children in Glasgow’s city centre when the out-of-control vehicle collided with pedestrians before crashing into a hotel.

After quickly ensuring the safety of his family, the off-duty officer rushed to help those who had been struck by the lorry, providing immediate first aid and using his experience of emergencies to organize an exceptionally chaotic scene.

With the arrival of on-duty SFRS and ambulance crews he then briefed the initial officer in charge on the conditions of the casualties.

In selflessly volunteering to care for those most directly affected by the incident, Allan acted above and beyond the call of duty and the information he provided helped emergency teams ensure those most in need of help received it first.

His actions were recognised by the Scottish Government in October when he was among 45 people to receive a Brave@Heart Award from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

He and 10 others were subsequently invited to Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister, where she presented them with the St Andrew’s Award for Bravery.

After receiving the award Allan said: “I’m honoured to have been recognised for assisting those in need following the crash.

“As we near the same time of year my heartfelt sorrow goes out to the people who lost their lives and those who were hurt, including of course the families who have had to deal with the trauma and loss.

“In the moments after it happened there were many members of the public who stepped-up to help the people involved and they should all be commended for their actions. I just wish there was more I could have done.”

Allan, who lives in the Westerton area of Bearsden in East Dunbartonshire, has been in the fire service for more than 19 years.

He currently works to promote community safety across Glasgow as part of the city’s SFRS Prevention and Protection team.