A special award went to Shrewsbury’s Blue Watch whose firefighters host a day of fun and laughter for children from Chernobyl when they visit Shrewsbury Fire Station each year as part of a county wide charity event.
It was presented at a Celebration of Success event held at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn to mark “the passing out” of newly trained firefighters.
Paul Gray, Richard Meadows, Andy Davies and Graham Carless received their award from Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton (pictured).
New recruits also received awards after completing their initial training courses:
Andrew Edwards, who is following in the firefighter footsteps of both his father and grandfather at Bishops Castle, won the instructors award for his course.
Delivery driver Sam Bills, from Cleobury Mortimer, won the top student award for his course as did Zoe Morgan, from Craven Arms, pictured with Watch Manager Matt Angell. Factory worker Daniel Tranter, from Bishops Castle, won the top student award for his course.
Also featured were firefighters Andy Neeves, a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)from Oswestry; Lisa Baer, from Prees, who joined when Prees firefighters helped her daughter in a road crash; Tesco fishmonger Peter Butler, from Ellesmere, and Hodnet Hall gardener Ross Underwood who won the instructors award for his course.
Albrighton PCSO Steve Breese won the top student award for his firefighter training course. He is pictured with Councillor Eric Carter.