Fire Service staff recognised for their outstanding work at the Worcestershire Medals and Awards Ceremony 2016
On the evening of Friday 16 September, firefighters and Fire Service support staff from across the county received awards at the annual Worcestershire Medals and Awards Ceremony. The event, which was held at Worcester Guildhall, honoured staff for their outstanding service and commitment to the Fire Service.
During the ceremony, accolades were presented to employees by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Viscount Cobham, High Sheriff of Worcestershire Sir Nicholas Lechmere Bt, Chairman of the FRA Cllr Derek Prodger MBE, and Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis.
The ceremony began with The Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medals which were awarded by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Viscount Cobham, to those who have given twenty years' commendable service. Recipients included Crew Commander Julie Hodges, Station Commander Daryl Justice, Watch Commander Simon Link, Firefighter Stuart Middleton, Watch Commander Roberto Mourino and Firefighter Chris Papworth.
Watch Commander Gary Bumfrey was awarded with an Outstanding Service Medal for completing 35 years' service and Firefighter Roger Kirkwood was presented with a Thirty Years' Service Award.
The Young Fire Fighters Association was also recognised, with the High Sheriff's presenting his own annual award to the top Young Fire Fighter. This year's award was presented to Sarah Williams - who is a member of the Redditch branch of the Young Fire Fighters Association - for her determination and enthusiasm.
The Chairman's Certificates of Commendation were awarded to Mr. Bill Davison for providing staff training on electrical installations, and the Rev Dick Johnson for his ongoing commitment to CIST (Critical Incident Support Team).
This year the Chief Fire Officer's Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Mr. Phil Hall for his courageous actions in rescuing his neighbour from a house fire in Malvern, in May 2016.
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said:
"This was my first Awards Ceremony as Chief Fire Officer for Hereford & Worcester and I was delighted to be part of such a great celebration of the talent and commitment of our staff."
He congratulated everyone who received an award, and said: "I'd like to thank all recipients for their continued enthusiasm and professionalism in their respective roles.
To see more photos from the evening please visit Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Services Facebook Page.
A separate awards ceremony for the Herefordshire area will follow in November at Hereford Town Hall.