Fire and Emergency acknowledges the long service of 20 firefighters from the Hutt Valley, six of whom received Gold Star Awards for 25 years service.

The event was held at the Upper Hutt Cossie Club on Saturday night and was attended by over 150 people including Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin and Fire and Emergency leaders who came to honour the firefighters and the service they’ve given to the Hutt Valley communities.

“Firefighters play a hugely important role in communities all over New Zealand to keep people and property safe and I want to acknowledge the 332 years total service given by these 20 firefighters to keeping our communities safe,” says Fire and Emergency Board Chair Paul Swain.

 “I also want to acknowledge the family members who support each of the 20 firefighters honoured. Their support is vital, given the responsibility of being a firefighter in all weather at any hour of the day or night, taking them away from important family time.”

“To all firefighters, thank you,” Paul Swain says. “Fire and Emergency NZ is immensely proud and grateful for the contribution you make to your communities.”

Gold Star recipients:
Senior Firefighter Craig Prince
Senior Station Officer Logan Akers
Senior Firefighter Rhys Johns
Station Officer Grant Bristow
Station Officer Brent Pritchard
Senior Station Officer Martin Wilby

A 40 year service certificate was also awarded to Station Officer Erroll Tapiki.13 other firefighters were acknowledged for good conduct or service of three or five years.

 Hutt Valley Gold Star


The six Gold Star recipients along with their wives and Fire and Emergency officials.
Left to right: Leanne Wilby, SSO Logan Akers (Gold Star), SSO Martin Wilby (Gold Star), Keryn Akers, Deputy Chief Executive Brendan Nally, FENZ Board Chair Paul Swain, Lisa Pritchard, SSO Brent Pritchard (Gold Star), Minister Tracey Martin, SFF Craig Prince (Gold Star), Joanne Prince, Acting Region Manager Rachael Thorp, SFF Rhys Johns (Gold Star), Tracy Johns, SO Grant Bristow (Gold Star), Louise Bristow.

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