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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Who is Your Fire Service Champion?

09/12/2010

The Staffordshire public are being asked to vote for their Fire Service Champion of 2010.

"The Fire Service Champion’ award gives members of the public the chance to give something back."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford,

Launched in 2008, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s MORE Staff Awards recognise outstanding contribution and dedication to the profession.

There are ten categories overall but the winner of the publicly nominated ‘Fire Service Champion’ award will have demonstrated a real community spirit or supported people to overcome difficult situations beyond the call of duty.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford, said: "It is only right the public decide on this award because it is their safety we dedicate ourselves to each and every day.

 "People can nominate individuals from the Fire Service or a team, anyone they would like to say thank you to for making a valuable and positive contribution to their lives.

"In times of trouble or distress we aim to provide our community with a service which is professional, dignified and compassionate to the situation in hand.

"Whether it be someone in Control keeping a member of the public calm and assured over the telephone while an incident takes place, support staff who go the extra mile to build valuable community relationships or a firefighter or crew that have been tireless and brave in the face of great adversity, we remain focussed on being the best we can be.

"The Fire Service Champion’ award gives members of the public the chance to give something back."

Members of the public can make nominations through the Service’s website, by collecting a nomination form from their local fire station or by requesting a form on 08451 22 11 55. The closing date for nominations is 14th January 2011.

The remaining nine categories are nominated for internally, with one of the awards going to an external organisation which has assisted the Fire Service by contributing to fire safety.

The other nominated categories are as follows:
• Fire Service Champion - as nominated by staff

• Sonja Oatley Award for Membership Involvement in the Community

• Partnership Achievement Award

• Fundraiser of the Year Award

• Environmental Champion of the Year Award
• Service to the Community Award

• Innovation and Improvement Award

• Leadership Message Award

• Young Person of the Year Award

The award winners will be announced on March 3rd 2011 and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is actively seeking sponsorship for the MORE Awards ceremony and any interested businesses should contact Events Manager Jude Russell on 01785 898579 for further information.