During the awards ceremony

 


Portree firefighter John Shaw's twenty years of helping keep others safe has been officially recognised.

The local crew manager was amongst a number of fire service personnel to be presented with their long service medals during a special ceremony in Inverness involving  Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Officer Alasdair Hay.

During the ceremony Chief Officer Hay presented 14 Long Service medals and four retirement statuettes and certificates in front of proud family members.

He said: "I am delighted to be here in Inverness to present these Long Service and Good Conduct medals and retirement medals to these members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service family.

"Each and every recipient has earned this recognition whether it be for their long and loyal commitment to fire and rescue services and exemplary conduct for over 20 years or to mark the special occasion of their retirement.

“Everyone is a credit to themselves, their families, their communities and the organisation.”

Chief Officer Hay added: "You are also receiving your Long Service Good Conduct 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 - the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

"But you continued to stand on the front line with that unwavering commitment so very typical of our firefighters.

"Looking back even further, 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 I mentioned earlier, by engaging with our healthcare partners to ensure we meets the needs of the vulnerable to stay safe.

"Despite all of this, you work relentlessly to assist your communities at times of need through charity raising.”

Also in attendance during the event was Deputy Assistant Chief Officer and Head of Service Delivery in the North, Andy Coueslant, Local Senior Officer for Highland John MacDonald, SFRS board members Robin Iffla and Michael Foxley, The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susie Swift DL and the event was hosted by Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael.

Those who received their Long Service and Good Conduct medals, which recognise 20 years of service, were: Crew Manager (CM) Allan Morrison from Gairloch, CM Donald Mackenzie (Achiltibuie), CM Alexander MacKenzie (Gairloch), Group Manager (GM) Fraser Nixon (Inverness), CM Brian Watt (Muck), Firefighter (FF) Neil Morrison (Kinlochewe, CM David Bell (Inverness), FF David Curtis (Kilchoan), CM Roderick Coltart (Carrbridge), FF Barry Taylor (Aviemore), FF William Sutherland (Golspie), CM John Shaw (Portree) and FF Gordon Wink (Ullapool).

And receiving their retirement statuette’s and certificates were former Highland Local Senior Officer (LSO), Scott Hay, ex-LSO for Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles, Billy Wilson, Fort William Crew Manager Allan MacKinnon and Strontian Watch Manager Alasdair MacLean