Recognition for decades of public service

17th February 2020

A MAN with more than 40 years’ emergency service experience has been shortlisted for a top industry award.

Tony Bond, a recently retired call dispatcher at the Welsh Ambulance Service, is up for a Lifetime Achievement award at the APD Control Room Awards 2020.

Tony, 65, from Cwmbran, who first joined the service in 1986, is based at the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre on Ty Coch Industrial Estate in the town.

“I am honoured by the nomination. It was a nice surprise” said Tony, 65, a father of four.

“I’ve had some great experiences and really enjoyed training staff through some big changes.

“There have been some harrowing events like attending the Raglan coach crash as a forward casualty clearing officer in 1995. These terrible times highlight the quiet way in which we work as a team and support each other in traumatic times.”

The APD Control Room Awards are in their third year and are hosted by APD Communications, who develop critical life-saving software used by emergency services.

More than 400 nominations were received from 80 different organisations across 11 categories.

Tony will learn at the ceremony on 05 March in Leicester whether he has won the award.

Cwmbran Control Room Manager, Penny Durrant said: “The team here are made up for Tony.

“This award nomination is well-deserved and testament to his hard work and dedication over many years.

“We wish him a long, happy retirement with his family.”

Prior to his 35 year ambulance career, Tony was a police officer with the Gwent Constabulary for seven years – making a combined total of 42 years public service.

Tony worked his final shift with the ambulance service last week.

A keen motorcyclist and Community First Responder, he will once again join the BBC’s famous Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge this year as a motorbike medic and logistical support.

He has enjoyed this role several times and was thanked live on air during the One Show last Thursday 13 February with presenter Matt Baker saying “enjoy yourself, Tony” after detailing his career and Rickshaw Challenge commitments.

Reflecting on his service, he said: “I left with very mixed emotions but look forward to the alarm clock going off because I want it to and not because it has to.

“I will miss my friends and colleagues and wish to thank all who popped down to see me. I am grateful to all my direct control room colleagues for putting up with me .”