Avon Fire & Rescue Service staff recognised for their long service and good conduct

The long service and good conduct of 11 members of staff from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has been recognised.

At a presentation ceremony on Friday 29 May Long Service and Good Conduct medals were awarded to 10 operational firefighters and one member of Support Staff by the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior MBE.

The event, which took place at the Artillery Ground, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, saw all 11 members of staff recognised for 20 years employment with AF&RS.

Medals were awarded to Crew Manager Jason Capille, who is a Retained Duty System Crew Manager at Weston-super-Mare Fire Station, Firefighter Andre Harvey from Bedminster Fire Station and Watch Manager Darren Kingston, from Avonmouth Fire Station.

Firefighter Nicola Marshall and Crew Manager John Morgan, who are based at Kingswood Fire Station, Neil John, who is a Retained Duty System Firefighter at Portishead Fire Station, and Brian Pearce, who is also a Retained Duty System Firefighter from Winscombe Fire Station, all received recognition for their dedication to their work.

Watch Manager Neil Stradling from the AF&RS Operational Training Team, Watch Manager Dan Stride, who is based in the Technical Fire Safety Team at Bath Fire Station and Watch Manager Karl Venn, who is based at Patchway with the Technical Fire Safety Team, also received medals.

The Fire and Rescue Service Long Service Good Conduct Medal is awarded to full-time and part-time members of the fire and rescue service throughout the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The medal is awarded for 20 years of good and efficient service.

A certificate recognising 20 years’ service was also awarded to Loretta Saunders, who is the Supplies and Procurement Manager for AF&RS.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson said: “To have achieved 20 years in the fire and rescue service is a remarkable achievement and one which is worthy of recognition.

“In this day and age not many people work for the same organisation for this length of time, so to reach this milestone is a great accomplishment. At AF&RS we strive to ensure the safety of our community, through preventing, protecting and responding. These members of staff have been doing that for two decades and long may it continue.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to thank our staff and I congratulate all those who have received medals and certificates.”