Fraserburgh firefighter John Anderson has been recognised for his sterling service by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
John (63) joined as a retained firefighter on March 16, 1971 as part of the old North Eastern Fire Brigade.
John has committed a huge part of his life to protecting the community in which he livesChief Officer Alasdair Hay
He has seen the service through a number of reorganisations and during his long career he has been part of Grampian Fire Brigade, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and now Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Last week John, who officially retires on May 31, received a special, bronze retirement statuette of a firefighter and a certificate from SFRS Chief Officer Alasdair Hay and Local Senior Officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire, David Rout.
Chief Officer Hay paid tribute to John’s incredible achievement, saying: “John has committed a huge part of his life to protecting the community in which he lives and he is a credit not only to the service, but to himself, his family and the local community.
“It was my pleasure to speak to John and thank him personally for his dedication and hard work over the past 44 years.
“He has enjoyed a truly remarkable career with the fire service and I would like to wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
John, who officially retires on May 31, leads a very busy fire station in Fraserburgh, which has an excellent performance record in terms of both availability and delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits and community engagement. He also serves with International Rescue Corps.
Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: “John’s commitment to the fire and rescue service over the years has been exemplary and he is highly regarded not only at the station, but within the local community also.
“John is our local representative on community safety groups, he leads and manages one of our busiest stations in Aberdeenshire and Moray and his experience will be a huge loss to Fraserburgh and the wider Banff and Buchan area. I wish John and his wife Margaret an enjoyable and well-deserved retirement.”