Fordingbridge Fire Station -
‘Officers in Charge’.
1948 – 1949                Sub Officer Bert King
1949 – 1961            Sub Officer Bob Kenchington
1961 – 1979                Sub Officer Bob Mouland
1979 – 1986                Sub Officer Len Jones
1986 –                   Watch Manager Steve Coles
N.B. Sub Officers were renamed Watch Managers with effect from 1st April 2006
Fordingbridge Fire Station -
‘Junior Officers’.
Leading Fireman Dick Highnam
(National Fire Service)
Leading Fireman Jack Hood
(National Fire Service)
Leading Fireman Vic Oxford
Leading Fireman Len Clarke
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Leading Fireman Ewert Stevens
Leading Fireman John Shering
Leading Fireman Charlie Gouge
Crew Manager Colin Coley

Crew Manager John Mouland

Crew Manager Peter White

Crew Manager Ross Freeman
N.B. Leading Firefighters were renamed Crew Managers with effect from 1st April 2006
The Fire Brigade Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.
This is awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to those members of Fire Brigades of the
United Kingdom who have rendered long and meritorious service.

This medal was first authorised by the issue of a Royal Warrant on the 1st June
1954 which was subsequently amended on the 4th August 1990.

Wholetime and Part Time members are eligible for the award upon the
recommendation of the Chief Fire Officer on completion of twenty years service.

The members of Fordingbridge Fire Station who have received this award are:

Leading Fireman V. Oxford – 1961
Sub Officer R. Mouland – 1966
Fireman C. Harris – 1967
Leading Fireman E. Stevens – 1972
Fireman G. Baines – 1973
Leading Fireman C. Gouge – 1974
Fireman K. Coles – 1975
Sub Officer L. Jones – 1982
Sub Officer S. Coles – 1990
Leading Firefighter C. Coley – 1996
Leading Firefighter J. Mouland – 1996
Firefighter M. West – 2002
Firefighter D. Jones – 2002
Firefighter D. Palmer – 2003
Firefighter D. Stone – 2003
Firefighter D. Smith – 2004
Firefighter P. Dorrington – 2004
Crew Manager P. White – 2007  
The recipients of this award are commemorated on the station by a large honours board
which hangs in the lecture room at Fordingbridge Fire Station. The board has the names of all
the personnel made out in gold leaf lettering and was presented to Sub Officer Steve Coles by
ACO Eric Hounslow at the Ashburn Hotel, Fordingbridge on Saturday 9th March 1996.   

Fordingbridge firefighters past & present with the ‘Honours Board’ showing the names of
those who have given over twenty years service to the people of Fordingbridge – March 1996

                      The Honours Board in 2007 with several more names

Queen Elizabeth II.

A total of 9,000 of these medals were issued to the military with the remainder being awarded
for public service.

Sub Officer Bob Mouland received this honour in respect of his long service and commitment
to the Hampshire Fire Brigade and the community of Fordingbridge.

                                 The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

To mark the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, in 2002, a Royal
medal was especially minted.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal was awarded to the Armed Forces and all
emergency services, Police, Fire, Ambulance and Coastguard. To qualify for the
medal personnel had to have completed five years continuous service on the date
of the Queen’s Jubilee.

The medals were presented to the following personnel by the Chief Fire Officer,
Malcolm Eastwood, on Wednesday 16th July 2003.

Sub Officer S. Coles
Leading Firefighter C. Coley
Leading Firefighter J. Mouland
Firefighter M. West
Firefighter D. Jones
Firefighter D. Palmer
Firefighter D. Stone
Firefighter D. Smith
Firefighter P. Dorrington
Firefighter P. White
Firefighter D. Horsburgh
Firefighter R. Freeman
Firefighter K. Nicklen
Firefighter S. Waine

                              The HFRS Meritorious Service Medal.

This award, unique to the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, was introduced in
January 2000 to mark the occasion of 30 years service to the brigade by individual

The medal can also be awarded in cases of extreme bravery or other exceptional

The following personnel from Fordingbridge have been awarded this medal:

Sub Officer Steve Coles – 2000
Leading Firefighter Colin Coley – 2006
Leading Firefighter John Mouland – 2006