Two on call firefighters from Hook Norton Fire Station have been honoured for dedicating 30 years of their lives to protecting residents.
Watch manager Ivor Matthews and firefighter Dave Page were given certificates at the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue ServiceAwards held on October 2.
Mr Matthews, who works full time at Hook Norton Brewery, said: “I’m really proud to have achieved this milestone, both myself and Dave are as enthusiastic today as we were when we first joined Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service back in 1983.
“We have an excellent team at Hook Norton Fire Station and we get on really well.”
Serving in the fire service runs in Mr Matthews’ family as his brother Nigel has been based at the village station for 25 years and his uncle Richard and his late father Windsor also worked there for 25 and 23 years respectively.
Mr Matthews and Mr Page carry a pager when on duty and must be available to respond to the fire station within five minutes of a call coming in. They form part of a nine-strong team and provide cover for Banbury.
Mr Page said: “You never know when you’re going to be called out or where you’re going to be called to, even after 30 years’ service I still enjoy the work that we do.”
Hook Norton Fire Station also won accolades at last week’s awards ceremony for 100 per cent availability to fire calls, Station of the Year for Oxfordshire and for raising the most money for charities in a year.
Darran Hookway, station manager for Hook Norton, said: “For a small team of only nine firefighters, I am extremely proud of the level of service they provide to the community. Being an on-call firefighter is a massive commitment.”
The station is recruiting on-call firefighters for various hours of availability. Call Mr Hookway on 07747 472668 or the recruitment hotline on 0800 587 0870 for details.