Long-serving firefighters have been rewarded for their dedication to the community at an awards ceremony.
Oakham firefighters Vince Howard and Stephan Lockner both received 20-year service awards from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr Howard, 47, first joined the brigade as a retained firefighter while he was working as a welder at GB Welding and RPC Containers. He went on to qualify as a watch manager and then a crew manager.
He said: “I enjoy helping people and the camaraderie and sense of teamwork among my colleagues is great.
“There have been lots of highlights but the job can be difficult and we rely on each other to deal with those situations.”
Mr Howard paid tribute to employers who support retained firefighters.
He said: “Without their support we couldn’t maintain the availability of a second pump in Oakham. I’m very grateful to my old bosses for allowing me to leave work to join the retained crew.”
Firefighter Stephan Lockner was inspired to join the brigade by a friend who worked as a firefighter.
He said: “I wanted to help save lives. The thought of rescuing people really interested me and I have enjoyed my 20 years in the job. It gives you a lot of pleasure to help other people.”
The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard at the event.