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27 August 2014 - KFRS staff to be honoured at awards ceremony

KFRS staff to be honoured at awards ceremony

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) will be recognising the outstanding achievements of its firefighters and support staff at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday 3 September at Oakwood House in Maidstone.

KFRS Chief Executive Ann Millington, alongside Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Kent, The Viscount De L'Isle MBE, the Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, Nick Chard, will present awards to mark the actions firefighters and service staff have taken to help save lives and for the dedication they have shown in serving the community.

KFRS Chief Executive, Ann Millington, said: "I am delighted to recognise the achievements of our members of staff; all those receiving this award have exemplified the very best of Kent Fire and Rescue Service."

Ann Millington said: "This special event gives us the opportunity to honour the bravery, good service and achievements of our staff and it also reminds us of all the positive work going on around us.

"I am extremely proud of all those receiving awards and would like to express my thanks, not just to them but also to all the staff at KFRS for their dedication and hard work for Kent and Medway’s communities."

The following recipients are to receive recognition:

  • Firefighter Ronnie Selfe from Sheppey is to be recognised with a Certificate of Commendation for his actions at a road crash on the Sheppey Crossing, which tragically claimed the life of a woman and her eight-year-old son.

Certificates of Congratulation include:

  • Technical rescue team dog handler and Ramsgate Watch manager Dave Hudson and the rescue dogs, Meg and Murphy, who are retiring from the roles after dedicated service responding to incidents at home and abroad
  • A husband and wife firefighting team Angie and Dave Hester for their outstanding commitment and service as on-call firefighters and co-responders, helping those with medical emergencies in the local area
  • Crew members of Sheppey fire station’s red watch for their actions at a fire in Strode Crescent, Sheerness, where under difficult circumstances, the life of an elderly man was saved
  • Two Margate firefighters Chris Mettham and Lee Orton for their outstanding professionalism at a public house fire, which involved the rescue of a woman and her two dogs
  • Maidstone firefighter Jason Reeves for his vital contribution in providing CPR which helped save a man’s life following an serious road collision on the A21

Other KFRS operational staff are also to receive Certificates of Congratulation for their outstanding contributions to the Service.

In addition, Long Service and Good Conduct medals will be presented to the following staff in recognition of twenty years exceptional service. The medal is only presented to those with at least twenty years of exemplary service and following a recommendation from the KFRS Chief Executive.

Those receiving the award are:

  • Watch Manager Alan Brown - Strood
  • Crew Manager Kevin Edwards - Operational Policy and Development, from Maidstone
  • Station Manager Gavin Hayward - Technical Fire Safety, from Dover
  • Station Manager Neil Parr - East Group Partnership Manager, based in Canterbury and from Sandwich
  • Station Manager Phillip Bailey - Operational Policy and Development, from Broadstairs
  • Firefighter William Kynvin - Ashford
  • Crew Manager Brian Millbank - Borough Green
  • Crew Manager Graeme Walkling - Dartford

Ann Millington added: "All those receiving this award have shown outstanding commitment to the fire and rescue service and also to the people of Kent and Medway. They deserve our respect and gratitude for all they have done over the past 20 years."

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