From Stenhousemuir to Australia, Alan’s journey to fight fires

Alan Arthur who ws awarded Australia's National Emergency Services Meda for work as retained firefighter
Alan Arthur who ws awarded Australia's National Emergency Services Meda for work as retained firefighter

A former Larbert High pupil who moved halfway round the world has been honoured for his heroics in his adopted homeland.

Alan Arthur (44) is an IT specialist who emigrated to Australia in 1999.

However, in his spare time he is a volunteer firefighter and last Friday he received the Australian National Emergency Medal for his work in fighting the bush fires which raged throughout the continent in 2009.

The medal was established by HM The Queen on her last visit to Australia.

Alan’s proud mum, Ann Reid, still lives in Stenhousemuir with his stepdad John. She said: “I think he became a volunteer firefighter to give something back to the country which has given him such a good life.”

Born in Falkirk Royal Infirmary in 1971, he was educated at Ladeside Primary School and then Stenhousemuir Primary before going to Larbert High. He later studied at Strathclyde University, working in Guildford following graduation.

He now lives in Shepparton, Victoria where he is chief information officer with a government water authortiy.

He is married to Kirsten and they have a daughter Hannah (3) and son Hamish (2).

His sister, Susan Calder, who is married to Gary and has daughter Isla (18 months) owns the Hair Dot Comb salon in Falkirk.