Firefighters recognised for their years of service

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FOUR firefighters from Winslow and two from Buckingham have been recognised for their long service by Bucks Fire & Rescue.

They received their medals and certificates from Lord-Lieutenant of Bucks Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher at the fire service’s annual long-service presentation ceremony, in the presence of a number of fire authority members led by chairman Councillor David Rowlands, and deputy chief fire officer Adrian Crook.

Winslow crew manager Paul Marsden and firefighters Michael Pearson and Gary Williams received the 20-year Fire Brigade Long Service And Good Conduct Medal. Introduced by The Queen in 1954, the award honours full and part-time members of the fire and rescue service “who have rendered long and meritorious service”.

Watch manager Ian Chapman from Winslow and firefighters Stephen Scott and Phil Simons from Buckingham were recognised for 25 years’ continuous service.

Ian Chapman, who runs Chapman Auto Services in Winslow, said he wanted to recognise his colleagues for their commitment. Mr Chapman said he has seen a lot of changes in his 25 years’ service.

“It’s a lot more technical now,” he said. “There’s more science behind everything you do now. It makes it safer. There’s an adrenaline rush when you’re in an emergency situation but we have lots of fun as a group. The bottom line is, it’s a rewarding job with lots of commitment.”