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Watch Manager awarded community service medal

Watch Manager Brad Reynolds from Loughton Fire Station has been recognised for his service to the communities of the Epping Forest District.

Brad was nominated for the Epping Forest Community Service medal during Epping Forest District Council’s Civic Awards 2020 as he has served his community for more than 25 years, working at Loughton Fire Station initially on White Watch but predominantly on Green Watch as an operational firefighter.

He is currently seconded to Waltham Abbey Fire Station where he received his medal during a socially distanced presentation.

During his career, Brad has responded to numerous operational incidents making a significant and dedicated safety contribution to the community he both protects and calls home.

As a dedicated member of the station’s management team, Brad often leads crews at dynamic operational incidents in and around the Epping Forest area and is respected by his colleagues for his leadership ability under pressure.

Station Manager Steve Wintrip from Waltham Abbey Fire Station said: “The Civic Awards sees stiff competition from other emergency services and community based nominees, all recognised for their dedication to duty and commitment to the community they live in and serve so professionally.

“Brad reflects the best values and standards of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and continues to be motivated, enthusiastic and most importantly a professional capable firefighter.

“In addition to his traditional firefighting skills, Brad along with his team at Loughton are also trained as Swift Water Rescue technicians. This arduous course requires dedication and determination to pass which speaks volumes of Brad’s commitment to professional development in the pursuance of saving lives.

“The oldest fire service traditions to save life, prevent injury and render humanitarian services are clearly at the fore of Brad’s commitment to serve and protect our community and as such are commendable.

“Brad continues to support his community and our service and currently leads A Watch at Waltham Abbey Fire Station and is developing the next generation of firefighters by imparting his experience and values to the forming on-call team.”

Waltham Abbey Fire Station is recruiting on-call firefighters. If you live or work within 5 minutes of Waltham Abbey Fire Station, you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter. Find out more about the role and how to apply at essex-fire.gov.uk/wa

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