A DRUMMORE Fire and Rescue Service manager was recently presented with a long service and good conduct medal.
Watch Manager Irving Beck, in charge of Drummore Auxiliary Fire Station, has been a member of Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service since 1992 when he was employed as a Volunteer Firefighter.
Between 1999 and 2004 Mr Beck was also a member of the Coastguard in Drummore but when promoted to the role of Watch Manager of the new Fire Station in 2004, he chose to leave the Coastguard to focus his time and energies on Drummore Auxiliary Fire Station.
Watch Manager Beck has seen continuous change throughout his 20 years service and currently has a crew of six personnel under his command as well as a specially modified 4x4 pick-up Fire Appliance which is housed at the recently refurbished Station.
Personnel at Drummore Station train regularly on technical and practical subjects to maintain and develop their skills and knowledge to deal with a wide variety of incident types including fires and road traffic collisions. The station also train with retained colleagues at Stranraer to develop inter-station team work and also attend more realistic and complex incident scenario simulation.
As well as leading and mentoring personnel under his command, Watch Manager Beck also ensures that personnel deliver Community Safety advice and support in line with the Service’s aims of reducing instances of fire and other emergencies within the communities they serve.
The ceremony was attended by Station personnel, former Fire Service and Coastguard colleagues, family and friends of Mr Beck and West District Manager Derek Wilson.