London Fire Brigade

Brigade employee receives award for long service

21 December 2017

One of London Fire Brigade’s employees has received a long service award after completing fifty years of service.

Malcolm Stanton MBE joined the Brigade back in 1967.  For the young firefighter it all started when he went along to the career’s office where he thought he might apply to the Navy. After seeing an advert for Brigade trainees he changed his mind and decided to apply.

After 20 months of residential training Malcolm joined Lambeth fire station as an operational firefighter just four days after his 18th birthday. Malcolm’s memory from the early days was having “a wet backside all the time” – thankfully a firefighter’s personal protective equipment is now waterproof.

For Malcolm the best thing about working for the Brigade has been the people. Malcolm said: “They make it and break it; it sounds a cliché, but the Watch family looks out for each other.

“I have had three careers in one – I’ve worked as an operational firefighter, in Training and Special Operations and then in the Protective Equipment Group. I’d do it all again tomorrow if I could. I never thought I’d be working here for 50 years but I definitely made the right choice. I’ve loved it, I come to work because I love it, I enjoy learning and there’s always something new to learn.”

It’s not the first time that Malcolm has picked up an award this year. Back in June he received a MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.