11 Clare County Fire & Rescue Service personnel with a combined service record of 260 years have been honoured at the annual National Long Service Awards Ceremony held at the weekend.
Martin Rodgers, a Sub Station Officer with Killaloe Fire Brigade and Joe McMahon, a Firefighter with Kilkee Fire Brigade, were in receipt of 30 Year Awards.
An additional 9 other Service members were in receipt of 20 Year Awards. They include Adrian Kelly (Clare Chief Fire Officer), Brian Rudd (Firefighter, Ennis Fire Brigade), Robert Fitzgerald (Sub-Station Officer), Frank O’Gorman (Firefighter) and Cormac Quinlivan (Firefighter) of Kilkee Fire Brigade, Paddy Doyle (Firefighter, Scarriff Fire Brigade), and Johnny Byrne (Firefighter), Joe Tuohy (Firefighter) and Paul Mollaghan (Station Officer) of Killaloe Fire Brigade.
The National Long Service Awards scheme is administered on the Minister’s behalf by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management. The award in recognition of 20 years’ service takes the form of a medal bearing the traditional logo representation of the fire service – a helmet and crossed axes; the medal ribbon bears the Irish national colours, with a central column in red to represent the fire service. The 30 years’ award is a representation of a flame in emblematic form. Both awards are accompanied by an appropriate certificate.
Presenting the awards, Fergal O’Dowd T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, stated that awards scheme is the State’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for “being there over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers.”
Congratulating the recipients of awards, Deputy Mayor of Clare Councillor Pascal Fitzgerald said: “The commitment and professionalism of these long serving fire fighters is indicative of the highly experienced personnel employed by Clare County Fire and Rescue Service.”
According to Chief Fire Officer Adrian Kelly: “Clare County Fire and Rescue Service has a proud tradition of Service to the people of Clare. Presently, our fire and rescue staff are among the most highly trained in the country and we are continually pushing to raise staff training levels even further. We remain fully committed to providing a multi-skilled approach not alone to the areas of fire fighting, but also to rescue and fire safety engineering. We are available for emergency response to the Community 24 hours a day seven days a week.”