Brandon Firefighter Paramedics were recognized on Wednesday with the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal. Inspectors Szabo and Lamerz as well as Firefighter Paramedics Aitken, Lang and Brown were those honoured. The Medal was created in 1985, it honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the Medal. Although the medal is originally awarded for 20 years of exemplary service, Captain Ritchie was the recipient of the 30 year service bar. The additional bars honour Firefighters that continue to serve with 30, 40, and 50 years of service.
Captain Matthews, Lieutenant Collister, Training Officer Lefebvre and acting Lieutenant Wilton were recognized by the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs. The Fire Fighter’s Long Service Medal was created by the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs in 2005 to recognize the contributions of the members of the Manitoba Fire Service who have dedicated 25 years to the needs of the residents of the communities that they serve. Local Firefighter Paramedics who have successfully fulfilled five years of dedicated service with your Brandon Fire and Emergency Service Department and achieved the level of first class were also recognized. Firefighter Paramedic Paziuk, Worrall, Tannas and Stott received their official Department badge.
Accompanying the service recognition the department also officially celebrated the promotions of acting Lieutenant Garrioch and Deputy Fire Chief Potter.