Firefighter commended by chief officer

Firefighter from Worthing Darren Wickings with his commendation from the chief fire officer
Firefighter from Worthing Darren Wickings with his commendation from the chief fire officer

FIREFIGHTER Darren Wickings, 44, has been awarded a commendation from the chief fire officer in recognition of his tireless community work.

The Ashington resident received the award during a special commendation ceremony held atWest Sussex Fire & Rescue Service headquarters in Chichester on Friday night.

He was given the award for his efforts in organising Worthing Fire Station’s highly popular open day.

Darren, who was nominated for the award by group manager Gary Locker, was also commended for his safeguarding and prevention work - with one Worthing family in particular - and his work with trainee paramedics.

More than 15,000 people attended Worthing Fire Station’s open day this summer as it combined forces with Broadwater Carnival.

Held annually, the event, which Darren helped organise, sees the fire station open its doors to the public, raising awareness of important fire safety measures and raising money for the station.

Two years ago, Darren was also given a medal marking 20 years of service.

Speaking at the ceremony, chief fire officer Sean Ruth said: “It is a real privilege and honour for us to be able to recognise all that you have done which, in many cases, has involved putting others before yourselves. In one way or another, you have made a difference and we are extremely grateful.”

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