Retired Deputy Chief Officer recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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A retired Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officer has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his unwavering commitment to community safety.

Former Deputy Chief Officer David McGown, who formally stepped down earlier this year, dedicated more than 32 years of his career to delivering life-saving services for communities across Scotland.

He will now receive the Queen's Fire Service Medal which SFRS Chief Officer Martin Blunden has described it as a fitting tribute to an “inspirational officer”.

CO Blunden said: "I was delighted and very proud to learn that David has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for his commitment and his enthusiasm throughout his time with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

"He led many important projects and he always put people at the very heart of his efforts - and thanks to his pioneering work, many vulnerable people now receive enhanced support to live more safely.

"I had the privilege to work alongside him for more than a year after taking up the position of Chief Officer and David is without doubt a true ambassador for our Service and most worthy of this recognition."

David’s main focus was fire prevention and he was most recently responsible for enhancing the safety of those living in high-rise flats following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in line with new regulations.

He also led the development of the SFRS Safe and Well House training facility, introduced after the service worked with partners to bring in technologies and innovations to help reduce unintentional harm and injury to the most vulnerable members of Scotland’s communities.

Speaking after the announcement, David said: “Working for the fire and rescue service across Scotland for almost 33 years was an honour in itself.

"Protecting and serving communities is at the heart of the Service and it's both a challenging and rewarding career at the same time.

"To be recognised in this way, with a Queen's Fire Service Medal, is really very special and I would like to thank everyone that I've worked beside over the years for their support."

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