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Charles McGill MBE

I have been operational member of Hampshire fire and rescue service for 52 years serving all over the county of Hampshire, and have had the honour of receiving an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to the community and joint partnership working, in 2016. I am believed to be the longest serving watch manager in the country according to my service.

Before joining the fire service at the age of 16 , I started an apprenticeship in electrical engineering at Pirelli General in Southampton , where I was involved with the design and manufacture 400,000 volt oil filled super grid cables ,and heavy electrical engineering projects , doing an apprenticeship gave me a good start to a working life working with very positive people .

Over the years I have built up a brilliant working relationships with other agencies such as the police, Ambulance, coastguard RNLI, and the Environment Agency. I have also sat on Local Resilience Forums, I am also a National Airwave and High volume pumping Tactical advisor, I have regular meetings with Hampshire police and SCAS, and I have also been involved with local, regional and national incidents, i.e. flooding in surrey, being mobilised as a tactical advisor working at Bronze level and giving briefings up to and including Gold level.

I feel that I am at a stage in my life where I would like a new challenge and become more involved with something rewarding to enhance the community and society we currently live in. I also feel that my 52 years operational service and working in the local community has set me in good stance to offer my real life experiences and give something back to the community which I am very passionate about.

I have worked extremely flexibly through the years and am in a very good position to continue to be as flexible. My service is aware of my appointment and will give me full support with time off to attend meetings and events.

If you would like to get in touch with Charles, you should do so at the following address:

Company Secretary
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
7-8 Talisman Business Centre
Talisman Road
OX26 6HR.

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