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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service honours 94 long-serving employees

Coleraine Firefighter David Stockman was among those honoured by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has honoured and recognised 94 employees who have completed 20, 30 or 40 years of service.

The NIFRS Long Service & Good Conduct Awards Ceremony took place at Coleraine Town Hall and was held for employees based in the Northern Area Command, which covers County Antrim and parts of County Londonderry. 

The ceremony was attended by NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Chairperson of the NIFRS Board, Jay Colville. The awards were presented by Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry.

Since the last Long Service & Good Conduct Awards Ceremony took place, a welcome development is that new 30 and 40 years’ service clasps have been introduced to present to employees in accordance with the Royal Warrant. 

The awards recognise employees in both operational and support roles with Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service. The Northern Area Command ceremony saw 46 20-year service medals, 41 30-year clasps and 7 40-year clasps presented.

NIFRS Northern Area Commander Marcus Wright said:

“Every colleague receiving their Long Service and Good Conduct Award has made a huge contribution to our organisation and the service we provide to the public, so this ceremony at Coleraine Town Hall is an important event for all of those recognised.

“We also greatly value the support that families provide for our staff, especially for our operational staff in preparation for and in the aftermath of the difficult, demanding and often dangerous work they do in protecting the public.”

NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings added:

“As Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, it is my privilege to publicly recognise our employees across Northern Area Command and to thank them for dedicated years of service in keeping people safe.” 

Tommy Torbitt

Pictured along with NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, are: Watch Commander Tommy Torbitt (40 years’ service) – Larne

Pictured along with NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, are:Watch Commander Jim Campbell (40 years’ service) – Ballyclare

Alan Barr

Pictured along with NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, are: Station Commander Alan Barr (20 years’ service) – Ballymena

Liam McFaul

Pictured along with NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, are:Volunteer Firefighter Liam McFaul (30 years’ service) – Rathlin Island

Mark Cushnahan

Pictured along with NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, are:Assistant Group Commander Mark Cushnahan (20 years’ service) – Glengormley

Pictured along with NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Alison Millar, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, are:Firefighter David Stockman (20 years’ service) – Coleraine

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