A FIRE brigade officer who started his career in Ealing has earned a medal after dedicating three decades to the service.
Graham Worsell, now based at the London Fire Brigade headquarters, started as a firefigher at Ealing station in January 1979.
The training officer was awarded with a long service medal last Friday, by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Michael Craig-Cooper CBE TD DL, at the ceremony in the brigade's Southwark Training Centre.
Mr Worsell, who climbed the ranks to become a watch manager, said: "My sister was already working in the brigade's control room and my brother-in-law was a firefighter, and they always had some incredible stories to tell about the incidents they had to deal with.
"I decided to try it out and liked it enough to stay with the brigade for more than 30 years. I remember one of my very first incidents - it was a large fire at Alexandra Palace in 1980. There were more than 75 firefighters tackling the blaze."
During his 30 years, he has worked in a number of fire stations in west London and has been involved in promoting community fire safety, such as giving advice to prevent fires and helping the Junior Citizens scheme for primary school children.
Mr Worsell, who now lives in Ash Vale, Surrey, said: "It's a great pleasure knowing that by doing my job I could help people and in some cases even save their lives.
"A firefighter's career is one that goes back to values and develops character in young people. My time with the brigade was extremely rewarding and gave me an opportunity to do something good for the community and meet many great people."