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Committed staff recognised at our Long Service Awards

Operational firefighters and fire and rescue service staff have been honoured for their dedication to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) at our Long Service Awards.

A ceremony took place at Fire Service Headquarters, in Birkenshaw, on Saturday (June 15th) attended by family friends and local dignitaries.

In total, 26 operational staff were awarded the Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, which was introduced in 1954. The accolade is only granted to firefighters and control room staff who have completed 20 years of exceptional service.

In addition two members of fire and rescue service staff received the 30 Years Long Service Award.

This year’s presenting officer was the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.

Chief Fire Officer John Roberts, who attended the service, paid tribute to the recipients.

He said: “The awards we’ve given out to our staff are to recognise their loyal and professional years of service. Whether operational as firefighters or in non-operational roles, they all play a role in making West Yorkshire a safer place.

“It was a great day to see our fantastic staff receive these awards and I thank them again for their dedicated service.”

Medal and certificate recipients who have agreed to publicity are as follows:

Fire and rescue service staff who received certificates were:

Graham Robertshaw

Graham is one of our vehicle technicians. He is a keen runner and is a coach for Stainland Lions running club. He received a 30 year certificate.

Julie Webster

Julie is our Senior Occupational Health Nurse and also received her 30 year certificate. In her spare time she is a keen gardener and was a cub leader for over 30 yrs.

Operational staff who received medals were:

Area Manager Chris Kirby (based at Fire Service Headquarters)

Chris has competed for England and Great Britain at water polo and won a Commonwealth Bronze medal. He spends most of his free time doing some sort of DIY, when he’s not acting as a part time taxi driver for his kids!

Station Manager Paul England (currently based at Service Delivery Centre and Fire Service Headquarters)

Paul likes motorcycling, cycling, diving and walking and last year he walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks every month raising over £3,000 for charity. He says he’s currently planning next adventure!

Firefighter Tom Devine (currently based at Killingbeck Fire Station)

Tom enjoys playing guitar (although he says rather out of tune!) He also likes yoga when he has time to relax.

Firefighter John Turpin (currently based at Hunslet Fire Station)

John is a Leeds Rhinos supporter, keen cyclist and runner. He has also represented both West Yorkshire and national teams at rugby and cross country.

Crew Manager Carl Shuttleworth (currently based at Hunslet Fire Station)

Carl is a sports fan and enjoys playing golf and rugby. He is part of a brigade rugby team with matches scheduled against Yorkshire Ambulance Service and West Yorkshire Police within the next few weeks.

Firefighter Glyn Kelly (currently based at Rothwell Fire Station)

Glyn likes mountain biking and is also a football coach for his sons under 13s team at Rothwell Town.

Crew Manager Mark Graham            (currently based at Hunslet Fire Station)

Mark enjoys walking and cycling, in particular at the east coast.

Firefighter Chris Ward (currently based at Pontefract Fire Station)

Chris is a massive Liverpool fan and regularly travels to Anfield and he also likes to watch Castleford Tigers. He loves to travel and recently visited Nepal to help rebuild a school.

Watch Manager Alex MacFarlane (currently based at Rastrick Fire Station)

Alex spends his free time at rugby and football matches supporting his three sons. He enjoys watching Australian Rugby League, riding his motorbike and is a keen snowboarder. He’s also a landscape gardener in his spare time.

Firefighter Tracy Kinsley (currently based at Shipley Fire Station)

Tracy loves skiing and wishes she could do more. She also likes running and more recently took up road cycling.

Firefighter James Utley (currently based at Otley Fire Station)

James has followed in his father’s footsteps who served as sub officer at Otley Fire Station for 23 years. He enjoys walking the dog and having a pint in the many pubs of Otley!

Firefighter Darren Daibell (currently based at Rastrick Fire Station)

Darren enjoys football, music and likes to get outdoors walking his dog Hamish.

Station Manager David Boothroyd (currently based at Fairweather Green/ Odsal fire stations)

Before joining WYFRS, Dave served in the Royal Navy and competed at the Royal Tournament at Earls Court – where he was proud to have spoken to the Queen. Dave likes days out in the countryside with his family and enjoys cycling. He also follows Leeds United.

Watch Manager Sam Wood (currently based at Moortown Fire Station)

Sam transferred to WYFRS from South Yorkshire 10 years ago. She loves going away in her campervan with her partner and their three dogs. She also enjoys getting out on her mountain bike.

Crew Manager Adrian Murphy (currently based at Cleckheaton Fire Station)

Adrian is a keen surfer and snowboarder and also takes part in triathlons and enjoys climbing.

Firefighter Scott Limb (currently based at Pontefract Fire Station)

Scott spends free time walking his dog and watching his sons playing football. He plays rugby for Pontefract VETS and previously played semi-professionally for Featherstone, Hunslet and York. He will also be part of the brigade Rugby League team playing against West Yorkshire Police in July.

Station Manager Lee Miller (currently based at Service Delivery Centre)

Lee enjoys walking, cycling, and cricket and is a big Manchester United fan. He is proud to be the third generation in his family to receive this medal and he hopes one of his kids will be the fourth! His career highlight is receiving a commendation for professionalism and conduct.

Firefighter Craig Stephenson  (currently based at Hunslet Fire Station)

Craig enjoys watching any sport and playing football- and has played for the brigade football team. He especially enjoys watching his two sons participating in their activities.

Watch Manager Andrew Shaw (currently based at Moortown Fire Station)

Andy is a proud husband and father of two girls. He has recently finished an extension on the house so now looking forward to getting back to riding his mountain bike and making his golfing comeback!