Long Sutton fire station’s retained watch manager Richard King was awarded a BEM in the New Year’s honours list for his services to Fire and Rescue and to Emergency Medical Care.
Richard made the case for Long Sutton to get one of the three ambulances made available nationally in the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project.
It’s a partnership between Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service, and involves retained firefighters deploying to medical incidents in their own ambulance.
Richard, married to Joanne and dad to Yasmin, Billy, Olivia and Miley and grandad to Poppy and Dixie, combines his firefighter role of 23 years with running his own stonemasonry business in Long Sutton.
He says: “When I opened the letter I was a bit flabbergasted. It came as a huge surprise.”
He expressed pride in the work he and the team do at Long Sutton and at Holbeach, where he trains the co-responders.
He says: “They are a really committed group of guys. I am proud of the work they do to support their community.”