MORE than 100 residents, councillors, firefighter’s families and friends gathered at Brinklow fire station last night to thank firefighters both past and present for serving their community for over 60 years.
The event, which was organised by Brinklow Parish Council, aimed to mark the end of an era for Brinklow Fire Station and to give the community an opportunity to say a final farewell to the firefighters currently serving at the station.
During the event speeches were given by Parish Councillor, Roger Pearson; Warwickshire County Council’s Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith; Rugby Borough Councillor, Tony Gillias and Watch Commander for Brinklow Fire Station, Moreno Francioso. To add to the evening, a presentation to mark 30 years service was given by the Chief Fire Officer to firefighter, Steve Frisswell.
Parish Councillor, Roger Pearson opened the evening thanking the firefighters for their service to the community. He went onto say:
“For over 55 years local residents, all part time staff, with other jobs and families have given up their time, disrupted their leisure time and in a number of cases risked their health to provide this county with a fire service that was second to none.
“The evening was not about a protest, but was a night where we publicly said thank you to the staff who have manned the tenders over the years and to their families who have supported them and allowed them to act to maintain our safety.”
Speaking at the event, Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith said: “It was an honour to be able to attend the event with firefighters both past and present to recognise the work they have done within their community and to praise the commitment and dedication of those firefighters serving the residents of Brinklow, and Warwickshire as a whole.
“To be able to present Steve Frisswell with his long service award really added to the evening. He is a well respected firefighter who has given over 30 years service to Warwickshire and it was a pleasure to be able to celebrate that success with him.”