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Ceremonial Squad celebrates 25th anniversary

Past and present members of Staffordshire’s Ceremonial Squad will celebrate their 25th anniversary next week.

"All members of the squad have served the communities of Staffordshire and we owe them both our gratitude and our thanks for the time they give freely and voluntarily to enhance whatever event they support with a professional and ceremonial presence."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Since the group was formed in 1990, approximately 70 serving or retired personnel have been members, many of whom will attend the ceremony on November 18.

During the event at Sandyford Community Fire Station, they will each be awarded a commemorative medal by Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford.

Mr Dartford said: "The Ceremonial Squad plays an important role in representing Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at local, national and international events. All members of the squad have served the communities of Staffordshire and we owe them both our gratitude and our thanks for the time they give freely and voluntarily to enhance whatever event they support with a professional and ceremonial presence. It is an honour to be able to present each and every person a commemorative medal to mark their continued commitment to the Service and to the county."

The Ceremonial Squad represents Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at remembrance parades, medal presentations, funerals, weddings and prestigious events. Annual events attended by the squad include the remembrance parades in Ypres, Belgium, the Firefighters Memorial Parade in London and mayoral parades in Stafford, Stoke and Newcastle.