Bridlington RAF man honoured for his actions

Warrant Officer Stephen Hollis (picture courtesy of Ministry of Defence)
Warrant Officer Stephen Hollis (picture courtesy of Ministry of Defence)

A ROYAL Air Force firefighter from Bridlington has been commended for his actions battling a huge blaze during an attack on a British base in Afghanistan.

Warrant Officer Stephen Hollis, 48, is currently serving at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and is the force fire officer - responsible for managing two fire stations and 38 firefighters.

Recently, Stephen was awarded a commendation for his actions on the night of an attack at Camp Bastion in September.

Fighting fires for over six hours, he was commended personally by Air Commodore Forward for the leadership he demonstrated throughout the attack.

Air Commodore Stephen Forward, Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group, said: “Warrant Officer Hollis’ span of control on the evening far exceeded any previous experience and training he had received; his dynamic leadership, actions, decision making and bravery were above and beyond his substantive rank.”

Stephen Hollis, said: “I’m incredibly proud, not only of how I reacted on the night, but for the job the guys did as a team. Without them it wouldn’t have come together.”

Stephen, who was born in Beverley and is an ex-pupil of Bridlington High School, joined the RAF in 1981 and has seen 31 years of service in the UK, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Oman, Germany and Afghanistan.

When he is not in Afghanistan, Stephen is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire where he provides fire cover for the RAF’s Typhoon fast jets.

He continued: “We provide cover for the 5th busiest UK operated airfield and the domestic side of Camp Bastion which is about the same size as Reading. Since my last tour in 2009 the camp has doubled in size but that also means the workload has doubled as well.”

Steve returns to the UK later this month to his wife, Candy, and three children where he is planning on enjoying a long break from the high tempo of operations in Afghanistan.