Brave and dedicated firefighters have been honoured with awards bestowed by the Queen.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has recognised a number of staff at an awards ceremony at its West Hartford headquarters.
Seven firefighters received long service and good conduct medals, including Ponteland Crew Manager Keith Carmichael, who has served for 21 years, Pegswood Crew Manager Craig Mole, who has 20 years’ service, and Fire Control Watch Manager Elizabeth Wright, who has served for 21 years.
Two members of corporate personnel, Ron Wright and Ian Clough, received Chief Fire Officer’s Service Awards for 35 years’ and 33 years’ service respectively.
The medals were presented by High Sheriff of Northumberland John Carr-Ellison.
A Bravery Award was given to firefighter Lindsay Bowling-Mowatt, who tackled a fire in sand dunes at Druridge Bay last July, bringing it under control and making the area safe.
It was handed over by Northumberland County Council Civic Head Kathy Graham.
Long service and good conduct award recipients are nominated by the Chief Fire Officer and the honour is bestowed by the Queen in accordance with a Royal Warrant.
Other team members to receive awards were George Gordon and Richard Leighton of Berwick, Guy Tiffin and John Wilkinson of Hexham, David Dixon of Haltwhistle, and Green Watch at West Hartford.
Bruce Black, of Berwick, received a Northumbria Police award, and a Certificate of Recognition was awarded to Eric Fail, who coaches at the service’s boxing academy at West Hartford.
Certificates of Achievement were presented to young employees Bethany Cross and Conor Reed, who started working for the service as apprentices.
Ms Cross works in the community safety department, won the regional Prince’s Trust Flying Start category and was a national finalist in its Celebrate Success awards. Mr Reed has worked in various departments, won a regional award as Advanced Apprentice of the Year and is training as a retained firefighter.
The pair received their awards from Northumberland County Council Deputy Leader and Policy Board Member for Fire and Rescue Dave Ledger.
There was also a Partnership Award for Marks and Spencer in Morpeth, which has raised £9,271 for the Firefighters’ Charity.
Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “It was a real pleasure to see so many of our dedicated firefighters receive their long service and good conduct awards at the ceremony. Our biggest asset is our people and I am very privileged to lead such a fantastic team. I am very proud of everyone, not only firefighters and all fire service staff, but also young firefighters, the boxing club, volunteers and apprentices.”