Firefighters from across the Isle of Wight will gather at Cowes Yacht Haven on Tuesday 28th September for a ceremony to mark 20 years of exemplary service. The firefighters receiving awards serve their communities in Freshwater, Ventnor, Ryde, Bembridge, Sandown, Shanklin, Cowes and Newport fire stations as well as Fire Control and Fire Service Headquarters at Newport.
The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight will present the firefighters with medals for ‘Long Service and Good Conduct’ on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
Senior Fire Officers will be in attendance along with councillors from some of the wards where the firefighters live and serve.
A total of nineteen firefighters will be present at the ceremony, another eight will receive the medal but are unable to attend the ceremony due to prior commitments.
At the ceremony, which takes place on the Island every two years, the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Major General Martin White will be greeted by the Chief Fire Officer Paul Street, before entering the Yacht Haven followed by the colour party, three fire officers wearing ceremonial uniform carrying the fire brigade standard.
The Royal Warrant will be read by the Warrant Reader before the firefighters are called up individually to receive their medals.
Cllr Barry Abraham, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Community Safety, said:
“The fire and rescue service plays a hugely important role in our community and it is fitting to see these firefighters acknowledged for their hard work and commitment. This event is a highlight in the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s calendar and I am looking forward to meeting those being awarded for their dedication and impeccable service.”
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