Avon Fire & Rescue Service Celebrate International Men's Day

Celebrating inspirational men this International Men’s Day (IMD) 

Friday 19 November marks International Men’s Day (IMD), which celebrates the achievements and contributions of the men across globe.  

To mark the annual event, we wanted to highlight some of the inspirational men we have working at across the Service at AF&RS, celebrating some of the incredible things they have done over the past year. 

Meet our inspirational colleagues 













Harry has been working hard to ensure AF&RS Firefighters are well prepared and highly trained when it comes to dealing with water rescue incidents, ensuring they can provide an efficient service to our communities at all times.  












Lee’s incredible 12-year-old son Ethan has Downs Syndrome. Lee has been working hard to raise awareness of Downs Syndrome across the Service, organising odd socks events to support World Down Syndrome Day.  












Glandell is a prostate cancer survivor and is working hard to encourage other men from across the Service to get themselves checked if they have any concerns, promoting what symptoms/signs to look for.  












Mark has been instrumental in transforming and building the new entrapment crawl space at Yate Fire Station. The challenging facility provides operational staff with the opportunity to enhance their crawl space skills and provides a new training space. 












Tony - They say the best way to keep your sobriety is to pass it on. Tony was in the lowest of depths when he realised the easiest and simplest solution was to open up and talk to those close to him. His friends supported him during his toughest times and have helped Tony immensely.












Darren’s toughest shout yet? Opening up about his mental health. Darren has bravely spoken up about his struggles with his mental health and is encouraging others to do the same.  












Rich has raised over £7600 by running 280 miles in full fire kit for Prostate Cancer UK. Rich also organised and took part in the 9/11 challenge raising over £4500 for The Fire Fighters Charity.  












Craig has been ambitious in organising water and fire safety sessions for the Holiday Activity Food (HAFS) program in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council. He created an activity pack and organised crews to attend school holiday camps to deliver fun safety education sessions.