Two Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service firefighters who joined the service four decades ago have been awarded with long-service medals.

Watch Manager Paul Jackson and Firefighter Ian Clarke, from Kirkby Stephen Fire Station, followed in their respective fathers' footsteps, continuing a legacy of service at the station.

Brian Massie, assistant chief fire officer, said: "To give 40 years of dedicated service to this station and to their community is a remarkable achievement and we are proud to present Paul and Ian with their medals."

Pete Kavanagh, the station manager, said: “The dedication of Paul, Ian, the whole team – and their supportive families and primary employers – means we are able to achieve an outstanding 90 per cent availability rate for our community.

“The fact that both their fathers previously served this station together too makes this presentation all the more special and shows the sense of family and community spirit we have at Kirkby Stephen.”

Mr Jackson said the award meant "everything" to him, adding that he enjoys being involved with the station, working with the team and the community.

He added: "Everyone works so well together, we have a great relationship with our neighbouring station at Appleby, and it’s a pleasure to be part of it.”

Mr Johnson said it is an honour to be part of the station and to have helped the community for the last 40 years.

Mike Johnson, Cumbria’s deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Paul and Ian’s dedication to the role is incredible. I want to thank them for their service over the last 40 years keeping Cumbria and its residents safe.

“On-Call Firefighters are integral to the Service and I hope Paul and Ian’s commitment encourages others to join the On-Call service across the county.”

The presentation took place during an On-Call Appreciation event at Kirkby Stephen, offering recognition to the firefighters' contribution and extending thanks to the firefighters' families and primary employers.

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