Dedicated Chichester firefighters receive award

Clive Hand receives his 40-year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Clive Hand receives his 40-year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

THREE firefighters have been recognised for their outstanding conduct over decades of service.

Clive Hand, Trevor Humphreys and Marvin Smith were all presented with the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal at a recent ceremony.

Clive, who works at the service headquarters in Chichester and lives in Bognor, was given an award for more than 40 years of dedicated service.

He joined the service in 1971, progressing through the ranks to divisional officer before retiring from operational duties in 2003 and taking up the role of health and safety risk manager at the headquarters.

During his operational career he served at Bognor Regis, Chichester, the Service Training Centre and carried out a two-year secondment at the Fire Service College.

The medal honours those who have given ‘long and meritorious service’.

It is not an automatic award and is only presented if the recipient’s character and conduct has been worthy throughout at least 20 years of service.

An inscription on the medal reads ‘For Exemplary Fire Service’.

Trevor Humphreys, who serves at Chichester fire stations and lives in Bracklesham Bay, and Marvin Smith, based at the headquarters and living in Donnington, were both recognised for more than 20 years of service.

After training in Eastleigh, Trevor, a former member of the Navy, served at Worthing and Crawley before arriving in Chichester.

He worked as a temporary sub officer at Bognor for two years and, in addition to his wholetime duties, is a retained crew commander at East Wittering.

Marvin joined the service in 1990 as a retained firefighter at East Wittering, taking up a wholetime role in Shoreham in 1992.

He has progressed through various roles and stations across the organisation and is currently serving as a station manager within the strategic risk team.

The medals were presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Susan Pyper.