House of Commons
ALBERT McLEAN
EDM #1767
Tabled 29 October 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House acknowledges the decades-long contribution made to public safety by retired Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Acting Divisional Officer, Albert Mclean of Kirn in Argyll and Bute on the occasion of his 84th birthday; recognises that since his arrival in the UK from Trinidad aged just 19, as part of the Windrush generation, Albert, known affectionately as Big Mac, to his colleagues made a remarkable personal contribution to protecting and serving the public, first training as a nurse before entering the fire service, where he rose to the rank of Acting Divisional Officer in the Strathclyde Fire Brigade and is widely acknowledged as being Scotland's first black Senior Officer in the Service; notes that along with so many of his colleagues in the emergency services Albert has witnessed tragedy in the line of his duty and that he is a veteran of Glasgow's infamous Kilbirnie Street fire of 1972 in which seven of his comrades were killed; thanks him for his outstanding contribution to the protection and safety of everyone in the community; and wishes him all the very best for the future.