Gregory Distribution Ltd (GDL) has been awarded a Gold Certificate from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service in recognition that the company has employed on-call firefighters for over 45 years and is one of only two companies in the South West to provide this continuous support.
GDL’s relationship with the Fire & Rescue Service dates back to 1973 when the late John King combined his role in the workshop with being an on-call firefighter. John’s sons Paul (North Tawton – NT – Workshop) and Ian (NT Transport) carry on the tradition and they are joined by Craig Patrick (NT Finance) and Kevin Murrin (SWW contract). All combine working for GDL with their firefighter role at North Tawton and Okehampton fire stations.
In accepting the certificate of recognition, John Gregory said: “For many years we have been delighted to support those organisations who care for us all.”
The presentation was made by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alex Hanson who was accompanied by Group Commander Jon Worsley, Station Manager Richard Bulled, Watch Manager North Tawton Mark Quick, Watch Manager (Special Ops) Colin Sharp and Station Manager, Rob Cude.
Also invited on the day were Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) and the North Devon Search & Rescue Team (NDSR) who have been supported by GDL for many years.
DAA was represented by Fundraising Logistics Officer Brian Chapman and NDSR by David Stoneman, Tim Garrett, Robbie Taylor and Gail Stoneman.
Photo With John Gregory holding the certificate – from left to right: Watch Manager Mark Quick, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alex Hanson, Firefighters Kevin Murrin, Craig Patrick, Ian King, Paul King and Station Manager Richard Bulled.