A TRIO of local retained firemen have been rewarded for their long service and good conduct within the service.
Crew manager Kent Mizon and David Tinson of Pocklington and Peter Binns of Market Weighton received their medals from the chief officer of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Richard Hannigan, in a ceremony at the Hull Guild Hall.
Kent, who lives on Chapmangate and runs a catering business at Pocklington airfield, said that he had seen many changes to the service over the last 20 years and never imagined when he signed up as a young man that he would still be a fireman two decades later.
He said: “When I signed up at 19-years-old, 20 years into the future just seemed like an age away, an insurmountable time to consider doing it for.
“But it has passed so quickly. I enjoy being part of the team and the best part of the job is being able to assist people who are in traumatic situations.
“It is really rewarding if you’ve been to a serious traffic accident and helped someone, then you find out a few weeks later that they’re ok and back on their feet.
“I really enjoy the job, and was a bit proud to get my medal.”
Kent said that the biggest changes he has seen over the last 20 years have been advances in equipment which have meant the role of the retained fireman now covers virtually any rescue situation, from floodings to fires and working at heights.
Pocklington fire station is always on the lookout for more retained crew, particularly during daylight hours, and anyone interested can contact 01482 565333.