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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Top team is honoured at awards ceremony

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Three former members of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s control room have been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony.

"The move to a shared Staffordshire and West Midlands’ fire control transformed what was, and remains to be, a central function of each of the Services. It was a real challenge which made it even more interesting and everyone gave 100 per cent to ensuring that the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent wouldn’t see any difference in the response they received on the launch date."

Jac Vincent - Firefighter

Crew Manager Jac Vincent, Jo Berry and Marie Downes, both former Watch Managers at the Service’s headquarters in Stone, scooped the Peter Harrison Innovation and Improvement Champion title. The award was sponsored by GW Energy.

The winners were announced at the Service’s annual MORE Awards event, now in its seventh year.

The ceremony, which took place at Cannock Community Fire Station, highlighted the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as partners and volunteers.

Jac, Jo and Marie were recognised for playing an integral role in preparing the Service for the move to the new Staffordshire and West Midlands Shared Fire Control.

It was a major project which included considerable changes to the technology that is used to communicate with crews. These highly committed individuals helped to develop, deliver and support the training of control staff.

They went above and beyond their normal ‘day job’ to successfully implement the new ‘Vision’ system which has allowed Staffordshire and West Midlands fire and rescue services to significantly enhance the way they work.

Jac, who is now a firefighter at Longton, said: "The move to a shared Staffordshire and West Midlands’ fire control transformed what was, and remains to be, a central function of each of the Services.

"It was a real challenge which made it even more interesting and everyone gave 100 per cent to ensuring that the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent wouldn’t see any difference in the response they received on the launch date. It was an honour to have been shortlisted for this award for the part I played in getting the new system up and running and it is even better to have won it."