Staff from across Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) come together to celebrate achievements and over 500 years of combined service to the community.

The event, held at Aerospace Bristol, took place in the shadow of Concorde, and gave staff a chance to celebrate their achievements together. Attendees had the opportunity to spend time in the museum before a welcome address from Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton.

AF&RS Drill Squad performed a march and read an extract from the Royal Warrant, as is tradition ahead of the presentation of Her Late Majesty the Queen's Long Service and Good Conduct medals, presented by Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE to staff who've served for over 20 years.

Attendees from operational, control and corporate departments within the Service were also awarded with 30 and 40 years Meritorious Service Medals and Certificates presented by Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton and Chair of Avon Fire Authority (AFA) Brenda Massey.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton, said: "Celebrating over 500 years of meritorious service and dedication to our communities with so many inspiring individuals is truly an honour."

A number of additional awards for bravery and excellence were also presented. Crew Manager Anthony Aldridge and PC Justin Robbie were first on the scene at a challenging incident last year. Crew Manager Anthony Aldridge was presented with the Chief Fire Officer's Commendation and PC Justin Robbie was presented with an award from the Society for the Prevention of Life from Fire for their bravery, quick thinking and courageousness that night.

The Community Safety Award was presented to Nikki Rice and Meghann Elvin, the Services' Joint Safeguarding Leads, for their tireless work ensuring the most vulnerable in our community are supported.

There were two winners for the Contribution to Charitable Events Award. Firstly, Watch Manager Rich Wheeler, who has led the Services' Charity Team with dedication and originality to raise money for countless charities since he began leading the team. The second award was presented to Louisa Roger, who led the planning and delivery of a 48-hour non-stop 1823km distance race which raised of £7,000 for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal in 2022.