Bow firefighter honoured for long service

BOW firefighter Ian Thornton has been honoured for his long service at a special ceremony. The crew manager at Bow was only 23 when he joined the London Fire Brigade, and after 20 years service to Londoners, was awarded with a medal for his dedication to

BOW firefighter Ian Thornton has been honoured for his long service at a special ceremony.

The crew manager at Bow was only 23 when he joined the London Fire Brigade, and after 20 years service to Londoners, was awarded with a medal for his dedication to protecting the capital's communities from fire.

He joined the Brigade in 1989, when he changed his smart office suit to a firefighters uniform and rubber boots. He said: "I didn't really enjoy working in an office and was more interested in doing something more active, challenging and fun and a firefighter's job seemed to tick all the boxes."

His career started with an intensive training course that at the time took 21 weeks to complete and aimed at preparing firefighters to a variety of emergencies ranging from fighting fires to rescuing people from trapped vehicles.


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After training he was posted to Bow fire station and has stayed there since. In 2003 he was promoted to crew manager and took charge of five firefighters and a fire engine.

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