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Firefighters' long service is rewarded 10 January 2007

Five firefighters received recognition of their long and meritorious service at a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday (January 9).

Fire Service Awards January 2007His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks KCB presented Long Service and Good Conduct medals to Station Officers John Bellis and Nigel Fairclough and to Firefighters David Little and Les Quayle. All have completed 20 years whole or part time service.

The Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is awarded with a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen.

In addition, two firefighters who retired last year after serving more than 29 years were recognised: David Crennell was awarded the Isle of Man Government Illuminated Address and one will also be presented to David Woodworth who was unable to attend the ceremony.

The first recipient at Tuesday’s ceremony Station Officer John Bellis joined the retained fire service on February 16, 1986, becoming whole time in September 1988. He was promoted to Leading Firefighter in October 1993, Sub Officer in November 2002 and Station Officer in May 2004. He completed 20 years service at Douglas fire station on February 16 last year. He is currently attached to the fire safety department as an inspecting officer, as well as being a breathing apparatus instructor and provides operational command on the senior officer flexible duty system.

Station Officer Nigel Fairclough joined the retained service at Ramsey station on September 8, 1986. He was promoted to Leading Firefighter in July 1991, Sub Officer in August 2000 and Station Officer in Charge in September 2001.

Firefighter David Little joined the retained service at Port Erin on March 10, 1986, and has obtained qualifications in breathing apparatus, first aid and driving major appliances and off road vehicles. Additionally, Dave was a volunteer with the IoM Coastguard.

Firefighter Les Quayle joined the retained service at Douglas on February 16, 1986 and has qualifications in breathing apparatus, first aid and driving appliances. He is South Area Network Controller for IoM Water Authority and has obtained his private pilot’s licence.

Recipients of the IoM Government Illuminated Address:

David Crennell retired on November 1 last year after more than 29 years’ service. He joined on July 1, 1977 and served at Ramsey Station for his entire career, gaining qualifications in breathing apparatus, road traffic collision extrication techniques and off road driving. He was granted an extension to continue to serve beyond his due retirement date.

David Woodworth joined the IoM Fire and Rescue Service on August 1, 1977 and served his entire career at Port Erin. He was promoted to Leading Firefighter in August 1984, to Sub Officer in January 1986 and to Station Officer in October 1991. David retired in October also having served more than 29 years, following two extensions to service beyond his due date of retirement.

Both received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1997.

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