Ambulance staff have been commended for their bravery and long service at an annual awards ceremony.

The event, held at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, celebrated ambulance crews who had worked in a number of tough situations.

Awards were also given out for long service, with many of those recognised having now worked for the NHS for over 30 years.

Siobhan Melia, South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) interim chief executive, said: “I would like to congratulate every single one of our award winners. I was pleased and proud to join them to celebrate both their achievements and long service.

“Listening to their stories from across so many years of service it is clear that a career in the ambulance service is challenging but also extremely rewarding. I was also pleased we were able to recognise the achievements and commitment of our volunteers and partners, which make such a difference to our work.

“Of course, the successes we celebrate at our awards ceremonies represent just a small selection of the amazing work which goes on every day across our region and I would like to thank everyone associated with SECAmb for their dedication and professionalism to help our patients.”

Among those being honoured were a group of Gatwick paramedics who were commended for their improvisation in dealing with a motorcycle accident.

The team, who found a trapped motorcyclist, were able to free the rider using a stretcher before successfully resuscitating them.

Another award was given to Sussex Police PC Susannah Maynard, who was praised for “the professional manner in which she managed a particularly challenging incident, which included safeguarding concerns, alongside ambulance crews.”

A statement from Secamb added: “Susannah’s actions at the scene far exceeded what would normally be expected as she took time to provide exemplary care and attention to the children involved.”

Commendations were also handed out in a number of categories including for clinical excellence, voluntary service and leadership.

Those receiving awards ranged from paramedics to community first responders, who are volunteers sent to cases before paramedics arrive at the scene.