Awards celebrate East Sussex Fire and Rescue successes

East Sussex Fire and Rescue in the Service has held its annual awards, celebrating community safety, long service and life-saving actions.

SECamb technicians and Sussex Police officers are among those who were recognised this year, alongside Firefighters, Watch Managers and other staff from the Service.

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said:

“It is always hugely rewarding to be able to recognise the actions of our staff and others within the community. This year demonstrates just how closely the emergency services work together.”

She also took the opportunity to give thanks to the immediate families of those receiving awards and commendations for the support they give, adding:

“We are able to do what we do for the community as emergency service workers, because you are there to support us”.

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field presented the Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. This is awarded to staff who have served twenty years during which their character and conduct have been very good.

The Chief Fire Officer presented the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Medal which is awarded to Support Staff personnel on completing 20 years long and meritorious service and for Operational personnel who have completed 30 years long and meritorious service.

In addition, there were a number of special awards and commendations.

Life saving

The Moss family were given the Chief Fire Officer Certificate of Congratulations. Firefighter Mark Moss, from Preston Circus, was off duty and in Brighton with his two children, aged 7 and 10, in October 2016 when he came across someone who was unconscious and not breathing. He performed CPR for 15 minutes and made the casualty stable until a paramedic arrived. His children stayed calm throughout and helped the paramedic fetch equipment, showing great courage and maturity for their ages.

Josh Yates, a firefighter at Battle and SECamb Technician and Camilla Deeprose, a SECAmb Technician, were off duty when they came across a road traffic collision in March this year. They supported the attending emergency services and provided first aid. They received the Chief Fire Officer Certificate of Congratulations.

A Chief Fire Officer Commendation has been awarded to Watch Manager George Wippich and Firefighters Mark Mitchell, Graham Leggat, Robert Percival and Martin Alford from Green Watch Bexhill, and to Roger Tomlinson and Paul Eastes from Sussex Police. This is for their actions at a road traffic collision in October 2016, where there was a car fire and a casualty was trapped and not breathing. The fire was put out and the casualty given life-saving first aid and left in the care of medical professionals.

Community safety

Roedean Watch Manager Andy Cornford received an Excellence Award for his work in developing a community safety partnership with Sussex County Cricket Club. The partnership aims to support young people and keep communities safer. He has played a pivotal role, going above and beyond what would be expected in his role.

Darren Eaton, a firefighter at Hove, received the Community Safety Award. He has been key in supporting the Service in delivering numerous initiatives for road, water and fire safety through football coaching. He has developed a blind spot mat to demonstrate to cyclists where HGV drivers can and can’t see them. He has also helped to develop the hazard training area at Hove which will be a huge asset to the Service, providing young people with a safe place to learn about some of the risks they face.

The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Dan Dunbar. Dan joined the volunteer scheme in 2011 and has been very active since then. He has been instrumental in helping us develop new areas of volunteer activity and is often named as Lead Volunteer at events, helping newer volunteers and organising people. We are so grateful for his honesty, commitment and good humour.

The awards took place on 16 June 2017 at the East Sussex National.