TWO local businesses have been presented with certificates recognising their support of the fire service.
It is to say thanks for being flexible and allowing their employees to be retained fire-fighters which means they have other full time jobs but could be called into action at any time.
Station manager Michael Wingrove presented Andy Worsey of Handy Andy Electrical a certificate of recognition at Robin Hood’s Bay Fire Station.
He runs the electrical business Handy Andy Electrical with his son Jonathon who would be a full time fire-fighter if he could but for the time being works with his dad in the family business which has only recently been set up.
Jonathon works 36 hours a week with the business allowing them to take on work further afield but is still committed to serving the public on behalf of the fire service.
But as Mr Worsey admitted is does have its drawbacks as he was working up a ladder with Jonathon at the bottom when his alerter went off and Mr Worsley looked down to find his son had run off towards the fire station – leaving him at the top of the ladder.”
Also receiving recognition was the Co-op in Castleton where firefighter Rebecca Jackson works.
Manager Ruth Underwood said: “Rebecca is a conscientious worker and I’m more than happy knowing her alerter may go off at any time even though it may reduce the workforce by 50%.
“The inconvenience of Rebecca being away from the shop is outweighed by knowing she is helping the local community with her fire service duties.”