West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has honoured its long serving members of staff and those that have gone above and beyond over the last year.
The awards event was held online this year due to COVID-19.
The ceremony celebrated those staff who achieved their 40 years’ service and 20 years’ service medals and certificates.
Twelve commendation awards were also presented including Team of the Year, Shining Star Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. For the first time the fire service also presented two new awards for exceptional service during COVID-19.
Chief Fire Officer, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, said: “Due to COVID-19 we have had to hold the ceremony in a different way this year and to hold the event online. Nothing was going to stop us celebrating the achievements of staff – especially during a year in which so many have stepped up to find solutions to problems they could never have foreseen.
“Listening to the citations of each of the award recipients made me incredibly proud to think just how much each of these individuals has given to the service over the course of their many years’ service. I was very humbled to hear about the journeys that many of them have been on within the fire service to reach where they are today, and I was so pleased we were able to share this ceremony as one fire family together.”