Jack receives a RAF honour

A former Wooler firefighter has received a special commendation from the RAF.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 9:28 am
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 1:09 am
Jack McWilliams, left, and his dad, Glen.

Jack McWilliams served as a retained firefighter with Northumberland Fire and Rescue for five years before joining the RAF's fire section at Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland.

The 29-year-old, who now lives in Cramlington, has received an Air Officer Commanding of One Group commendation from the RAF.

He said: "The skills I have in identifying the risk of fires, people at risk of fires and planning to prevent fires is simply due to being a retained firefighter at Wooler.”

Only a handful of these accolades are given out each year and are listed on the New Year honours list.

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Jack added: “I got this award for instigating and managing a large-scale RAF 100 event called The Cheviot Bomber Trail for Emergency Services.

“This basically means we raised funds to fully restore the Cheviot Memorial, which was built to commemorate 38 allied airmen who lost their lives in separate aircraft crashes on the Cheviot Hills.

“I had to carry out risk assessments and spot potential risks of fire and danger – I could only do this because of my retained training.”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer, Paul Hedley, said: “Jack was a really popular and valued member of the on-call service at Wooler when he was a part of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

“I’m very pleased that he has used the skills he gained during his time with us to such good effect.”