Theatre Severn hosted a long service and good conduct awards ceremony last night for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) staff.
Honoured on the night were 10 recipients of the Long Service and Good Conduct, presented to employees in recognition of 20 years of exemplary service.
Before presenting the medals Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner JP, said:
“It’s always an honour and a privilege to meet people like yourselves and convey the appreciation of the people of Shropshire for all that you do”
Miniature medals for family members of serving firefighters were presented by Councillor Eric Carter, Chair of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority.
Also celebrated on the night were 52 achievers, all of whom have reached a particular professional milestone or qualification.
With the ceremony being one of his last before retirement in January 2023, Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton reflected on his career before presenting the Achievers Certificates:
“Working with fantastic people like the ones we have recognised tonight is the reason I can honestly say that in 30 years of service I have never had a day I didn’t want to come to work.”
The High Sheriff’s Good Citizen Award is given to an individual or group that has made a substantial contribution to society. This year, Jeremy Chambers and the crew at Prees Fire Station were the recipients due to maintaining emergency response availability throughout a period of staff shortages.
Pictured: Prees Fire Station Crew and Shropshire’s High Sherriff, Selina Graham
Newport Fire Station were recipients of the Telent Charity Shield following incredible efforts to raise money for the family of their late Crew Manager, Shane Evans. The crew have raised over £5000 and are continuing their activities including preparing for a 24-hour 100km charity walk in the Peak District.
The Dave Bishton Challenge Shield goes to the fire station or department that has raised the most money for The Firefighters Charity. The award went to Bridgnorth Fire Station who raised £3642 from textile recycling collections, car washes, the local Carnival parade and Christmas collections.
Interested in joining one of our on-call fire stations like Bridgnorth? SFRS are always recruiting on-call firefighters around the County. If you would like to know more about this challenging, exciting and rewarding role, visit: shropshirefire.gov.uk/on-call