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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire scoops top award

07/10/2013

An initiative to boost health and wellbeing within Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has scooped a prestigious award.

"A happy and healthy workforce is the key to success for any - and every – organisation. Creating a vibrant and positive atmosphere boosts morale and drives down absences. Nowhere is that more essential than in the emergency services where having a full, strong and motivated team can literally save lives."  

Director of People Judith Doran

The Service has been recognised for its commitment to encouraging staff to stay fit and healthy.

It has received the Staffordshire Workplace Health and Wellbeing Gold Award for its innovative work.

A dedicated Wellbeing Coordinator is now based at the Service’s Pirehill headquarters, supporting and encouraging people in their aim to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Part of the role involves giving employees advice on how to react and respond to circumstances differently in order to bring about a more positive result.

Awareness raising campaigns are also taking place throughout the year to link-in with events including National Falls Week, Men’s Health Week and Carers’ Week.

Thirty people have volunteered to become Wellbeing Champions, offering support to colleagues who may be struggling.

The aim is to eventually have at least one Wellbeing Champion per fire station.

They meet on a bi-monthly basis to discuss their plans with each other and the Wellbeing Coordinator as well as hosting local meetings and events with colleagues and attending quarterly catch-ups at headquarters.

Director of People Judith Doran said: “A happy and healthy workforce is the key to success for any - and every – organisation. Creating a vibrant and positive atmosphere boosts morale and drives down absences. Nowhere is that more essential than in the emergency services where having a full, strong and motivated team can literally save lives.

“We understand that modern day life can be incredibly stressful and we are dedicated to supporting firefighters and non-operational staff to cope with these pressures in a positive and constructive way. The work that we have done so far has proved to be a success and we are committed to building on that in the future.”