Long serving fire and rescue staff celebrated

Photo caption: Long Service recipients pictured with Jeannie France-Hayhurst, High Sheriff of Cheshire, Cllr Bob Rudd, Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alex Waller.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has honoured staff who have served 20 years at a ceremony held in the Wolf Room at Eaton Estate, Chester.

The Long Service Good Conduct Medal was presented by Jeannie France-Hayhurst, The High Sheriff of Cheshire, to nine serving firefighters and two fire staff members received the Continuous Service Award in front of honoured guests, family and friends.

Collectively the 11 have given 220 years of service to keeping Cheshire residents safe.

The firefighters who received a Long Service Good Conduct Medal were:

Watch Manager Paul Cowin who is based in the Operational Training Group in Winsford; retired Station Manager Stuart Devereux; Crew Manager Adrian Dewsbury who is an on-call firefighter at Middlewich and also works in the Operational Training Group at Winsford; Crewe Firefighter Aiden Friske; Area Manager Neil Griffiths who works at Headquarters in Winsford; Peter Manley who is an on-call firefighter at Middlewich; Warrington firefighter Nigel Quarmby; Middlewich on-call firefighter Craig Shakesby and Warrington Crew Manager Paul Watterson.

Fire staff awards went to Director of Transformation Andrea Harvey who is based at Headquarters, Winsford and retired Head of Prevention Nick Evans.

The ceremony was opened by the master of ceremonies, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Duncan Palin and a welcome speech was provided by Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) Alex Waller. Jeannie France-Hayhurst, High Sheriff of Cheshire, kindly presented the medals and Cllr Bob Rudd, Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority closed the evenings proceedings.

DCFO Alex Waller said: “We are delighted to be able to honour our long servicing members of staff in this way and celebrate their dedication to keeping the people of Cheshire safe.

“Their skill and expertise are invaluable when faced with difficult situations and I truly believe we have some of the most highly skilled and best equipped firefighters in the country, ably supported by the invaluable work of our non -operational staff.

All of those who have received this award have served the people of Cheshire with exemplary conduct for decades and feel very proud of what they have done to support the local community during their career.

The firefighters received a medal with a long and proud history dating back over 60 years. It was instigated by the then Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, who supported an award for Fire and Rescue Service personnel who had successfully completed 20 years’ service.

A Royal Warrant was approved by Her Majesty the Queen and an announcement was made in the House of Commons by Winston Churchill on June 1st 1954, accompanied by a White Paper giving the terms of the Warrant.

The Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is hand-stamped with the recipient’s name and awarded to those individuals who have completed 20 years’ exemplary service.

Last updated: Thursday 19 May 2022

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Photo caption: Long Service recipients pictured with Jeannie France-Hayhurst, High Sheriff of Cheshire, Cllr Bob Rudd, Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alex Waller.