Fire service staff are honoured for service

The award winners
The award winners

UNIFORMED and support staff from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received recognition for long and meritorious service during the Annual Awards ceremony which was held at HQ in Eastbourne last week.

Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field presented, on behalf of the Queen, The Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to operational staff. The recipients were both full-time and retained firefighters who have served for 20 years and whose character and conduct have been exceptional.

Among the recipients for The Fire Brigade Long Service & Good Conduct Medal were Eastbourne firefighter Stuart Bailey, Shaun Harvey, crew manager at Hailsham and Mark Hobbs, group manager, protection policy and support manager based at HQ.

The East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service medal was also presented to staff during the Annual Awards ceremony.

The medal was introduced in May 2001 and was awarded by Chief Fire Officer and chief executive Des Prichard to support staff who have completed 20 years’ loyal and good service accumulated within local authority and rescue services and uniformed staff who have completed 30 years’ loyal and good service.

Among the recipients for The East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Medal were Stephen Bird, a retired firefighter at Eastbourne, Angela Parker, corporate information control co-ordinator at HQ Bob Trotter, automatic fire alarm integrity manager at HQ.

The other recipients for the East Sussex Fire Authority Excellence Awards during the evening were members of Team Kilimanjaro.

The team, from Eastbourne, successfully scaled the dizzy heights of Kilimanjaro in March 2010 and raised more than £37,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.

The team included Eastbourne firefighters David Nichols, Pete Stebbings, Graham Leman, Dave Brown, Lisa Geraghty from Community Safety Support at HQ and friends Danny Garbett and Neil Goatcher.

Lisa said, “The team was really pleased to receive the award.

“It was a fantastic experience to climb Kilimanjaro and be able to raise so much money for such a worthy cause.”