FIREFIGHTERS have been recognised for their long service at Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Services annual awards ceremony.
This year saw awards, medals and certificates presented in a number of categories including: the Queen’s Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, Community Achievement Awards, Celebrating Partnership in Industry and recognition of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith said: “The ceremony provided me with a great opportunity to personally thank staff for their commitment and dedication to the service and it was a privilege to have the Lord Lieutenant, Martin Dunn, present the long service medals as the Queens representative.
“As well as recognising teams and individuals within the service, the evening also gave me an opportunity to recognise the contribution of all staff and to acknowledge the support of local businesses who release their staff for retained duties.”
Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, Richard Hobbs said: “I would like to personally congratulate all those who received awards at the ceremony. It was a pleasure to see Warwickshire firefighters being recognised for the great work they do within our communities. This year, several firefighters and fire control staff received Long Service and Good Conduct medals, for their dedication to protecting the community of Warwickshire for over 20 years. This is an outstanding achievement and one I was delighted to celebrate with all those attending the event.”“
The awards were as follows: Queens Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, (for 20 years service). Presented by the Lord Lieutenant, Martin Dunne.
Firefighter, Andrew Corby – Shipston Fire Station
Firefighter, James Crane – Leamington Fire Station
◦Watch Commander, Leo Fielding – Atherstone Fire Station
◦Firefighter, Neal Lewis – Nuneaton Fire Station
◦Watch Commander, Anthony Thornton – Fenny Compton Fire Station
◦Crew Commander, Scot Whitlock - Fire Control, Leamington Fire Station