Firefighters' dedication and long service rewarded
PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 October 2016
Special awards and long-service medals were presented to firefighters for their dedication to the fire service.
Exmouth firefighter Dave Morley received a long-service award from the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, Sir Ian Amory.
Budleigh Salterton retained firefighter Alan Callander was presented with a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service 40-year long-service medal by Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell.
Dave joined Devon Fire Brigade on January 15, 1996. He has been based at Exmouth’s fire station as a firefighter for his entire career, working on three out of the four watches.
He keeps himself busy with voluntary work for the service, running the Exmouth Fire Station social club, which he has done for 20 years.
Dave has been the chair or Drum Major for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s Corps of Drums for more than 20 years.
Firefighter Alan Callander joined the retained service in 1974 for the then Devon Fire Brigade as a firefighter based at Budleigh Salterton station.
Between 1975 and 2001, Alan served as a retained firefighter at Exmouth Fire Station before returning to Budleigh, where he still continues to provide loyal service.
A spokesperson for the fire service said: “Members of the service who have served for more than 20 years were presented with long-service awards and several members of staff who have served for more than 40 years were given special awards.”