CIPFA enters row over award of Fire Service Medal to accountant

CIPFA chief executive Steve Freer has waded into a row over an award given to
the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue service’s top accountant, hailing her
‘distinguished career in the public service’.

Freer backed Eileen Baird, head of Strathclyde’s finance department and
deputy chief officer, after the award of the Queen’s Fire Service Medal sparked
criticism. A source close to the firefighters had said the award of the medal to
a civilian ‘bean counter’ had ‘seriously degraded the honour’.

‘Six of our members received awards in the New Year Honours. Mrs Baird is a
longstanding member with a very distinguished career. We offer her and the other
recipients our congratulations,’ Freer said.

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