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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service celebrates being shortlisted for award

25/02/2015

A firefighter using the ST15 misting branch
A firefighter using the ST15 misting branch

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

"We are really proud to have been shortlisted for this national award and have been told that we were up against some very strong competition from other organisations. We trialled, tested and developed the ST15 in Staffordshire and it has attracted attention from fire and rescue services up and down the country." 

Rob Barber - Director of Response

The Service is one of three organisations to be shortlisted for the Innovation Award 2015 category of the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise awards.

Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant and Chair of the Service Improvement Committee Councillor Terry Finn will be attending the high profile event at Church House, Westminster, on March 4.

The Service has been recognised for the ‘ST15’ misting branch which forms the nozzle of a firefighting hose.

The nozzle is being sold by international company FireBug, which teamed up with the Service in 2013 to develop and produce the tool. It encapsulates science to use minimum water while achieving maximum results. It is the most water efficient nozzle on the market today and is approximately 65 per cent more efficient than other comparative nozzles.

The ST15 is also helping to boost the local economy as it is manufactured in Newcastle under Lyme.

Rob Barber, Director of Response, played a key role in developing the ST15.

He said: "We are really proud to have been shortlisted for this national award and have been told that we were up against some very strong competition from other organisations. We trialled, tested and developed the ST15 in Staffordshire and it has attracted attention from fire and rescue services up and down the country.

"The feedback we have had from our crews has also been incredibly positive and we are confident that the technology will improve levels of firefighter safety which is one of our top priorities."