Firefighters honoured at Dundee City Chambers

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Thirteen firefighters with combined service of over 260 years receive Long Service Good Conduct medals.

Dundee Full Group Press Shot

A group of firefighters have been recognized for their dedication and professionalism while protecting their communities.

The 13 staff - who have a combined service of over 260 years - gathered at Dundee City Chambers on Thursday, 3 November to receive Long Service Good Conduct medals.

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

The firefighters are based across the city as well as Perth, Arbroath, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie, and Kinloch Rannoch.

Firefighter Andy Sangster from Dundee’s Macalpine Road station  was also commended for his decisive actions following a serious cycling accident last September that led to his work colleague, Crew Manager Gavin Brown suffering life threatening injuries.

He was presented with a Royal Humane Award by Lord Provost of Dundee Bob Duncan.

The Royal Humane Society Certificate of Commendation is granted to those who have made a significant contribution to the saving or attempted saving of a life.

Chief Officer Hay said: “I am delighted to be here in Dundee tonight to present these Long Service and Good Conduct medals to our fantastic staff.

“There is absolutely to doubt that every single one of you has earned this recognition.”
He added: "You are receiving your medals after a period of momentous change within the Service, as we merged the former eight legacy services into the largest UK fire service and the fourth largest in the world.
"But you continued to stand on the front line with that unwavering commitment so very typical of our firefighters.
"And you continued to stand on the front line as your role transformed and became ever more dynamic - not only fighting fires, but attending at road traffic collision, major flooding and technical rope rescue.
"And added to this is the amazing prevention effort to reduce the number of road accidents through education, and reducing the number of lives lost to fires through our home safety fire visits - going that extra mile by engaging with our healthcare partners to ensure we meets the needs of the vulnerable to stay safe.
“You are a credit to yourselves, your family, your community - and you are a credit to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.”
Also in attendance was the SFRS senior leadership team for North Service Delivery, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Andy Coueslant and Local Senior Officer for Perth, Dundee and Angus Colin Grieve.

Those who received their Long Service and Good Conduct medals were:

Alexander Garvie – Crew Manager – Perth
Alan Simpson – Firefighter – Dundee
Paul Grant – Firefighter – Dundee
Grant Foreman – Watch Manager – Arbroath
Mark Lowe – Watch Manager Response and Resilience – Perth
Christopher Bonnar – Watch Manager Response and Resilience – Perth
Gregor Dow – Crew Manager – Perth
Lorna Rumgay – Crew Manager – Arbroath
Ronnie Ross – Firefighter – Dunkeld
Edward Clark – Firefighter – Blairgowrie
James Scott Black – Crew Manager – Kinloch Rannoch
Steven Low – Watch Manager – Dundee
Lesley Scott Tenant – Crew Manager Control – Dundee