Deputy fire officer gets Queen’s medal

Alex Clark

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ALEX Clark, deputy chief officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to the service.

Alex Clark’s award is in recognition of his key role in the strategic leadership of the SFRS since taking up his role in April last year, as well as his commitment and contribution to the fire reform programme which saw the creation of a single service covering the whole of Scotland.

It also recognises his previous service in Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service.

Alex, who is 45 and married with two grown up children, was born in Edinburgh and was raised in Elphinstone, East Lothian before moving to West Lothian to attend Meldrum Primary School followed by Deans Community High School.

He joined the fire and rescue service at the age of 18 and spent 26 years in Lothian, rising to the rank of chief fire officer before his appointment as deputy chief officer of the SFRS. His first posting was to the busy city station of Sighthill in Edinburgh as a firefighter on the Green Watch where he remained for seven years.

Within the first five years of joining, Alex had completed all his fire service exams and was promoted to leading firefighter at McDonald Road before moving to Newcraighall, as a Sub Officer. He spent three years there before moving on to the Training Function and then the Community Safety Function focussing on legislative fire safety in business and commercial premises.

A number of promotions followed: assistant divisional officer; senior divisional officer and head of operations; head of personnel and as assistant chief officer he became director of personnel, then as deputy chief Officer, director of service delivery.

He was announced as acting chief fire officer for Lothian at the age of 43 and led the service until his appointment as second in command at the new SFRS. During his career, Alex completed many specialist courses at the Fire Service College in Moreton in Marsh and the Scottish Fire Service College in Gullane. He holds an Honours degree in Fire Engineering, an executive diploma in management and a Master’s degree in business administration.

As deputy chief officer of the SFRS, Alex is in charge of the ongoing reform programme as well as overseeing the day to day delivery of the service.

He said he was honoured and humbled to receive Queen’s medal.

He said: “It has been a pleasure to serve the communities of Lothian and Borders and I consider it a privilege to continue to serve the communities across Scotland.

Chief fire officer Alasdair Hay said: “He is utterly committed to serving the communities of Scotland and I am fortunate to have such a dedicated officer as my deputy.”