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Specialist Technicians Scoop Top Title

Mike Lowndes
Award Winner Mike Lowndes

A specialist team of technicians has scooped a top title at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s MORE Awards ceremony.

“I am absolutely thrilled to win this award. We’ve worked really hard as a team so it’s nice to be recognised.”

Retired Specialist Technician Mike Lowndes

Mike Lowndes, Martin Pemberton, Paul Lewis and Simon Emsley, who are based in the north of the county, won the title of Fire Service Champions, sponsored by DAC Beachcroft.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford revealed the winners during a special ceremony at Cannock Community Fire Station last night.

The awards, now in their seventh year, highlighted the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as partners and volunteers.

The specialist technicians’ team was recognised for its fantastic work in the local community and in the smoke alarm industry. The group of colleagues work to a very high standard which is evidenced by the number of thank you letters the team receives from the deaf and hard of hearing community, who have benefitted from their services.

The team’s work was recently highlighted when an elderly couple and their grandson were saved from Carbon Monoxide poisoning due to equipment fitted by the colleagues. The team is also well respected within the smoke alarm industry with manufacturers asking them to trial new equipment before public release.

Recently retired Specialist Technician Mike Lowndes said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win this award. We’ve worked really hard as a team so it’s nice to be recognised.”