FIREFIGHTERS who battled to save the The art school has handed The Newbery Medal to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their skill and bravery when disaster struck last month.
The medal, named after
However, it is the first time an honorary Newbery Medal has been presented. During a ceremony yesterday the medal was awarded to the firemen who managed to save 90 per cent of the building's structure and many priceless Mackintosh artefacts.
The inscription on the medal reads: "Scottish Fire & Rescue Service,
"This year for the very first time we will award an Honorary Newbery Medal. This is to honour the bravest act for which The
"Much has been said about the tremendous efforts, courage and professionalism of the firefighters who prevented the loss of the Mackintosh. On behalf of the service I would also like to pay tribute to GSA staff and students for the manner in which they have responded to what has clearly been a tremendously difficult time.
"When the fire started they safely evacuated the building and then worked with our crews to establish an effective salvage plan that saved everything that could possibly be saved. In the weeks since they have shown incredible warmth and support to our firefighters."
The 2014 Newbery Medal was awarded to
Students were putting the final touches to their end-of-year projects when a blaze broke out on
FIREFIGHTERS who battled to save the
The art school has handed The Newbery Medal to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their skill and bravery when disaster struck last month.