At the Fire and Rescue Service Awards evening the Lord-Lieutenant presented eleven members of staff with the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal This award is made under Royal Warrant to Fire and Rescue staff and who have given for 20 years exemplary service. In addition four members of staff were presented with the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service medal awarded for either 30 years operational service or 20 years service in a support role, and four members of staff were presented with the East Sussex Fire and Rescue medal for 40 years service.
During the evening Mr Colin Vincent was awarded a Chief Fire Officers Commendation for his life saving actions. Colin was on his way home when he spotted smoke coming from a house. He stopped his car and went inside. While helping an elderly lady to safety, she told him that her husband was still inside and also had reduced mobility. Without hesitation, he went back inside and helped her husband as well. When the Service investigated the fire, every room in the house had been affected by heat and smoke and Mr Vincent undoubtedly saved lives that day.
Firefighter Darren Sampson received the Chief Fire Officer Certificate of Congratulations. Off duty in a busy pub, a member of the public collapsed in front of Darren and his wife. He was first to react, discovering that the man was not breathing and had no pulse. Darren immediately started CPR and continued so for about 15 minutes until an ambulance arrived. When paramedics arrived he gave an effective medical handover and continued to help them with a defibrillator before transporting him to hospital. The man is alive and recovering now and SECAmb have made no secret that it was Darren’s actions, which have enabled this man to be alive today.
Firefighter Kieran Wood received the East Sussex Fire Authority Excellence Award. Since joining Green Watch at Hove, Kieran has been instrumental in rallying the watch in multiple fund raising events resulting in excess of £30,000 for various charities. The list of activities is long and includes a cycling challenge from Brighton Pier to St Thomas’ and back, recording-breaking pole drops, the Sky Tower Challenge in Manchester and a fire engine pull around the streets of Brighton.
A number of staff from Sussex Control Centre,who were on duty at the time of the Shoreham Air Crash, received the Chief Fire Officers Certificate of Congratulations for their actions.
A number of staff from Hastings and the City, who were the initial crews to a fire in St Michaels Hospice and the Shoreham Air Crash respectively, received the Chief Officers Commendation Certificate for their actions at both incidents.
The Lord Lieutenant thanked all recipients for their outstanding service to the public and the courage they have shown in the face of many difficulties.