Honours for Long Sutton fireman

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Long Sutton firefighter of 23 years Richard King has been awarded the BEM in the New Year’s honours list.

Richard (47) is retained watch manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service and the award is in recognition of services to Fire and Rescue and to Emergency Medical Care.

Long Sutton retained watch manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service Richard King. Photo: SG231215-117TW

Long Sutton retained watch manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service Richard King. Photo: SG231215-117TW

Long Sutton station has attended 722 calls this year, and Richard believes this makes it one of the busiest retained stations in Lincolnshire.

Of those calls, 699 have been medical emergencies undertaken since last summer when the station took delivery of a fully-equipped ambulance as part of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project.

Richard, who runs his own stonemasonry business, says he has been acting as a firefighter co-responder in medical emergencies for 13 years, as have colleagues.

The delivery of the ambulance strengthened that life-saving partnership between Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service.

His citation says Richard led the first crew to test the concept of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project.

It reads: “The first project of its kind in the country, its initial success has very much been down to his energy and determination to make the project work.”

Richard, married to Joanne and a father of four and grandad to two said: “I am really honoured to accept the award on behalf of myself as an individual and as part of the work the whole station has done.

“I am really proud of the work me and the lads do. I don’t go out on calls on my own. Although the award is in my name I do feel it’s for Long Sutton station as a whole and I am really proud of that.”