|Fire Brigade Long Service Medal|
|Type||Long service medal|
|Awarded for||20 years of long and meritorious full-time or part-time service|
|Presented by||the United Kingdom|
|Eligibility||United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands fire brigade personnel|
|Established||1 June 1954|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
|Next (lower)||African Police Medal for Meritorious Service|
The Fire Brigade Long Service Medal was established in June 1954 as a long service medal awarded to full-time and part-time members of fire brigades throughout the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The medal is awarded for 20 years of good and efficient service.
It is a circular medal, made of cupronickel. On the obverse is the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with an appropriate inscription. The reverse depicts a scene of two firefighters using a hose and the inscription, FOR EXEMPLARY FIRE SERVICE. The medal has a ring suspension and hangs from a red ribbon 1.25 inches wide, at the edges are two thin yellow stripes.The rank and name of the recipient is impressed on the edge of the medal.
Prior to the creation of this national award many local authorities and fire brigade trade unions issued their own unofficial medals of their own design.
Those eligible for the Fire Brigade Long Service Medal are full-time and part-time members of all ranks in Local Authority Fire Services in England and Wales, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, or Airport Fire Services. Also eligible are members of Fire Brigades of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, Fire Service members of CFRA and of Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland and fire service instructors at central training establishments such as the Fire Service College, the Scottish Fire Services College, and the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre.
Individuals may be awarded the medal for 20 years of continuous or aggregate service in an eligible fire brigade or service, so long as they have been very good in conduct and character.
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