Nominations have opened for the Staffordshire public to vote for their Fire Service Champion of 2012.
“It’s always great to hear from members of the public whose lives have been positively affected by a member of the Service and we’re looking forward to receiving public nominations from today.”
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford
Into its sixth year, 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: “We have handed out 50 MORE Awards to members of staff, partners and student firefighters over the last five years.
“Staff nominate for the majority of the awards internally however members of the public can put forward their own nominations for the ‘Fire Service Champion’ award to someone or a group of people they think deserve the extra recognition.”
Any member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is eligible for nomination, from firefighters to control staff, support staff to Home Fire Risk Check technicians. The nominees will be reviewed by an internal judging panel and up to three nominees will be shortlisted for the award.
Peter added: “It’s always great to hear from members of the public whose lives have been positively affected by a member of the Service and we’re looking forward to receiving public nominations from today.”
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 01785 898979. The closing date for nominations is December 31 2012.
The remaining nine categories are nominated for internally, with one of the awards going to an external organisation which has assisted the 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 sponsored by Kier
• Fundraiser of the Year Award
• Environmental Champion of the Year Award
• Service to the Community Award sponsored by Calderpeel’
• Peter Harrison Innovation and Improvement Award
• Leadership Message Award
• Young Person of the Year Award
The award winners will be announced on March 7 2013 and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is actively seeking sponsorship for the MORE Awards ceremony. Any interested businesses should contact Events Manager Jude Russell on 01785 898579 for further information.