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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

FIREFIGHTERS BLAZE TO GLORY

Two Sandyford firefighters blazed to glory in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual MORE Awards.

Gary Pearce and Vicky Poole won the Service to the Community Award for their risk reduction work, which often means working on their days off to promote safety messages and help keep the local community safe.

And Councillor Kath Banks of Longton was presented with the Sonja Oatley Award for Member Involvement in the Community for her support of the Fire Service and its activities over the past quarter of a century.

Gary and Vicky’s risk reduction work includes supporting the delivery of Key Stage 3 in high schools in communities where the Fire Service is in high demand. They have also presented Operation Good Guy in vulnerable schools which led to a considerable reduction in incidents of arson during the bonfire and fireworks season.

Firefighter Gary Pearce said: "We are over the moon as we never thought we would win. 18,000 children have attended Crucial Crew over the past 5 years. If anything helps to make Staffordshire safer for young children, it’s Crucial Crew."

Cllr Banks’ commitment to the Fire Service and its key safety messages spans an incredible quarter of a century. Her passion and desire to see the lives of local people improved and made safer is very evident and she makes particular effort to get older and younger residents involved.

She said: "It was totally unexpected. Im so proud, but so humble.  I get just as much out of what I do for the Fire Service as they get from the work I do. I would like to thank the team I work with."

The 2013 MORE Awards at the Stafford County Showground saw nine awards presented to individual staff, teams or local partners in honour of the work they have done for, or with, the Fire Service over the past year.

Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "These awards are an important opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the remarkable efforts and achievements of our colleagues, partners and authority members.

"However, these are just a few examples of the many extraordinary initiatives that are being undertaken across our organisation on a daily basis - within an increasingly challenging environment - and which consistently deliver positive improvements to the lives and wellbeing of local people."

The Service to the Community Award was sponsored by Calderpeel Architects and the Sonja Oatley Award was presented by Sonja Oatley, former Fire Authority  member.