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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Burton's MORE Award winners are revealed

30/07/2014

MORE Awards winner Sharmayne Pearce and Peter Dartford
Sharmayne Pearce and Peter Dartford

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has presented a trio of awards for excellent work carried out in the east of the county.

"I have been able to do a range of activities in the last four years and I am currently carrying out community safety work which is really rewarding. There are so many opportunities for young people within the fire and rescue service and I would encourage anyone who is interested in it, to start doing some voluntary work." 

Sharmayne Pearce - volunteer

Peter Dartford last night praised the winners at the annual MORE Awards ceremony which is now in its seventh year.

The event, held at Cannock Community Fire Station, highlighted the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as partners and volunteers.

Firefighter Phil Mulligan and Community Safety Officer Jo Walker scooped the title of Fire Service Champion – Externally Nominated. The award was sponsored by FHP Blue Light Estates.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Housing Team nominated the pair for being its most inspirational and reliable partners.

They are credited with regularly going above and beyond the call of duty to assist the Housing Team – members of which state that; without the advice, strong partnership working and professional ethic of Phil and Jo they wouldn’t be able to carry out their fire safety duties as effectively as they do.

The partnership work has ensured that the Housing Team’s clients are as safe as possible from a fire breaking out in their homes and in some cases individuals’ lives have been transformed by the support they have received.
Phil said: "Jo and I were really pleased to have been nominated and absolutely delighted when we were told we had won. We worked closely with the Housing Team to identify where we could help some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

"One person in particular that we were able to help, alongside the Housing Team, was a very vulnerable man who was experiencing a range of issues. We initially installed a sprinkler system in his rented home but quickly realised that he needed a more holistic range of support. Working in partnership, we helped to rehouse him in more suitable accommodation for his needs and put together a robust care package. As a result he is much safer and happier.

"The aim for us is to improve people’s quality of life and it is great that our partners believe that we have achieved that goal. We are determined to continue giving 100 per cent in order to make a difference to the community of East Staffordshire in the future."

Nestle UK Ltd received the Fire Service Champion – Partnership Achievement title for supporting past and present Tutbury firefighters for nearly 50 years.

The company has been flexible by allowing its workers, who are also retained firefighters, to be released from their duties to attend potentially life threatening incidents in their community. Over the years it has also donated money and continues to provide coffee machines and drinks free of charge to the station.

Neil Rowland, Health and Safety Manager at Nestle Tutbury Factory UK Ltd, said: "We’re very pleased to win this award, we’ve put a lot of effort into working closely with Tutbury Fire Station over the past 50 years.

"Fifty per cent of our workers live within five miles of the factory so by contributing to local community safety we’re actually ensuring the safety of our own workforce."

The Young Person of the Year title, sponsored by Kier, was presented to Sharmayne Pearce who became part of the fire service family four years ago when she enrolled as a Student Firefighter.

She impressed the instructors and was a well-deserved recipient of the Star Student Award. On completion of the training, she regularly returned to Burton Fire Station and later enrolled on a uniformed services course at Burton Technical College which she has now finished.

Sharmayne is giving up her spare time for free and working in the community as a volunteer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Sharmayne, of Burton, said: "I have been really enthusiastic about the work of the fire and rescue service since I took part in a week long course while I was still at school. I am very passionate about making a difference to the area that I live and one day I would really like to become an operational firefighter.

"I have been able to do a range of activities in the last four years and I am currently carrying out community safety work which is really rewarding. There are so many opportunities for young people within the fire and rescue service and I would encourage anyone who is interested in it, to start doing some voluntary work."