Birthday honour for local fire chief

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A Carnoustie man’s outstanding contribution to the fire service has earned him an award in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Stewart Edgar receives the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in recognition of his work during a career which he began as a retained firefighter in his home town.

The medal is awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to those members of the Fire Service who have exhibited conspicuous devotion to duty.

Mr Edgar joined Tayside Fire Brigade as a retained firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1993 and was promoted to area manager in 2008.

In January, 2012, he was seconded to Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Quickly thereafter he was appointed as the interim leader of the service finally becoming their last Chief Fire Officer before the service was amalgamated into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with whom he now serves.

Mr Edgar told the Guide & Gazette: “I am extremely honoured to receive this special award. It is important to note that I receive this honour on behalf of all the staff of the former Highlands & Islands Fire and Rescue Service.”