The recipients of the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service are:
- John Fraser, Firefighter, Coll Community Fire Station
- Roy Dunsire, Group Commander (retired)
- Stevie Maybanks, Crew Commander (retired)
Deputy Chief Officer Ross Haggart said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is built upon the tireless work and professionalism of our staff and I am thoroughly delighted to hear that the commitment of Roy, John and Stevie has been recognised in this way.
“Awards of this calibre only go to show that this dedication is recognised by peers and, indeed, local communities.
“Roy, John and Stevie should be very proud and I would like to extend my warmest congratulations – and to thank each of them once again for their outstanding work throughout their respective careers.”
Firefighter John Fraser
John has served his community on the Hebridean island of Coll for almost 37 years. He joined the fire and rescue service in July 1985 and has served tirelessly as a firefighter, Deputy Volunteer Leader and Volunteer Leader. He has dedicated his entire working life to both the Fire Service and the Coll community and is due to retire in December 2022.
Group Commander Roy Dusire (retired)
Since joining the Fire Service in 1992, Roy has had a varied career where he has significantly impacted the Service in a positive manner. One notable area of work that Roy led was around the development of a ‘Fire Board Support’ team on the creation of the single national service in 2013. Roy also recently led on the significant project to reduce Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals (UFAS). He retired in March 2022.
Crew Commander Stevie Maybanks (retired)
Stevie began her career as a volunteer firefighter in Lochgoilhead following a period in the Royal Marines, later joining as a wholetime firefighter at Oban Community Fire Station. Stevie moved to the North SDA and worked as an instructor with the Training, Safety and Assurance directorate until her retirement in December 2021.