Thursday, 28 June 2012

Annual Awards Ceremony

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service hosted its annual Award Ceremony at Service Headquarters on Friday 15th June.

Uniformed and support staff from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received recognition for long and meritorious service at the Annual Awards Ceremony, which was held at HQ on 10th June.

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


The Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Jennifer AllenStation Manager - Special Projects Officer, HQ
Jonathan BakerCrew Manager, Battle
Robert BeardWatch Manager, Crowborough
Alan BirtwistleCrew Manager, Eastbourne
Andrew BuchananFirefighter, Roedean
Alastair BurtonFirefighter, Hailsham
Kevin CliftFirefighter, Uckfield
Garry CollinsGroup Manager - Borough Commander, Lewes
Colin ConwayFirefighter, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Matthew DaleFirefighter, Hove
Yannick DuboisWatch Manager, Technical Fire Safety, Hove
Maxwell GilbertCrew Manager, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Matthew JonesFirefighter, Eastbourne
Duncan KelsallStation Manager - Water & Logistics Officer, HQ
Stephen LewisWatch Manager - Technical Fire Safety, Uckfield
Robin MartinWatch Manager, Lewes/Temp Station Manager, Hove
Lee MephamWatch Manager, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Simon NeillWatch Manager - Training Instructor, STC
Mark O'BrienGroup Manager - Head of L&D/Temp Area Manager, HQ
Antony RoseCrew Manager, Eastbourne
Neil SalmonFirefighter, Lewes
Andrew UptonWatch Manager, Bexhill
Matthew WardFirefighter, Bexhill


The East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service medal was also presented to staff. This medal was introduced in May 2001 and was awarded by the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Des Prichard, to support staff who have completed twenty years loyal and good service accumulated within Local Authority and Rescue Service(s) and uniformed staff who have completed thirty years loyal and good service within Local Authority Fire and Rescue Service(s).

The East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Medal

Timothy AustinWatch Manager - Training Instructor, STC
Grant EagerWatch Manager, Preston Circus
David GilesFirefighter, Rye
Brendan HobdenCrew Manager, Herstmonceux
Mark HodiakFirefighter, Hove
Neil PostRetired Firefighter, Herstmonceux
Raymond ReadFirefighter, Uckfield
Wendy RobertsProcurement Administrator, HQ
Patrick ScottRetired Group Manager - Head of Technical Fire Safety, HQ
Martin SmithRetired Firefighter, Hove
Michael TaylorWatch Manager, Battle
Gail TownsendCook, Roedean


Another award presented during the ceremony was the Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive's Commendation. This is a framed certificate presented by the Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive for significant contribution to the survival and/or rescue of people in extreme danger or at risk of loss of life.

This award was presented to Firefighter, Kieran Wood and Crew Manager, Vince O’Neill, after their quick interventions and knowledge of first aid helped to save a man who had collapsed unconscious in the road on 16th July 2011.

When they found him, the casualty was not breathing and had no pulse. Kieran and Vince provided CPR until the arrival of the paramedics and continued to assist the paramedics whilst setting up the defibrillator. Thankfully, the casualty made a full recovery and returned home from hospital on 4th August 2011.


Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive's Commendation

Kieran WoodFirefighter, Newhaven
Vince O'NeillCrew Manager, Newhaven/Temp Watch Manager, Eastbourne


The final award presented during the evening was the Community Safety Award. This is a framed Certificate of Excellence presented by the Chairman of the Fire Authority, Cllr. John Livings.

This award can be made to a member or group of members of the Service, someone from outside of the organisation or a group/company known to have been involved in an initiative which has had a significant impact on the community.

This award was presented to Adam Chugg, 3VA, who accepted it alongside his colleague Claire Harris, both of whom have been instrumental in the Community Volunteer’s scheme, which has had a very positive impact within our communities.

Thanks to the experience 3VA brought to this project, there are now over 60 East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteers.  


Community Safety Award

Adam Chugg, 3VA Volunteer Project, Uckfield

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