PUBLISHED: 13:53 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:02 25 August 2010

A FIREFIGHTER who dealt with the Brixton riots and trapped snakes during his 30 years service to the brigade has been honoured.

A FIREFIGHTER who dealt with the Brixton riots and trapped snakes during his 30 years service to the brigade has been honoured.

Brixton's Red Watch officer Dave Harrison, of Lesley Close, Bexley, was presented with an award by London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson at a ceremony at Southwark Training Centre.

Mr Harrison joined the brigade in 1979 and has spent his whole career at Brixton during which time he found himself witness to one of the most turbulent times in the area's history.

He said: "The most memorable time would have to be the riots in 1981, probably the most famous period in Brixton's recent history. With all the burnt out buildings the whole area had a bit of a war time feel.

"It was quite a nervous time and firefighters were on the front line. From that moment on though, Brixton changed for the better. It was definitely a turning point in the history of the area."

Summing up his career he said: "I've really enjoyed been at one of the busiest stations in London, the camaraderie of working on a watch and everything that goes with that.


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