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New Years Honours - Congratulations to Bill Brewster BEM

Date : 31 December 2020

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to congratulate a former colleague, who has been recognised in the New Years Honours list.

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said: 

“We are thrilled to hear that Bill Brewster, who retired from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in May 2020, has been awarded a British Empire Medal. Many congratulations to Bill and his family.”

The British Empire Medal rewards achievements and contributions to the local community to support innovative work which has delivered real impact.

Dawn added: 

“Bill served in East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for 42 years as both an operational firefighter and as the Manager of our Engineering Services. He also contributed significantly to the National Fire Chiefs Council as the national lead of the Transport Officers Group and under his leadership, huge shifts were made to improve national standards and the efficiency of fire engines and appliances. He made a significant contribution to the fire sector both nationally and locally and it is fantastic to see him honoured in this way.”

Bill has also made time to volunteer for the Snowflake Night Shelter charity since 2014, and for one night a week, he has helped to look after and feed the homeless people on the streets of Hastings.


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