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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service celebrates after scooping two top awards

05/03/2015

Firefighters demonstrating the ST15
Firefighters demonstrating the ST15

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating after scooping two top national awards.

"We are absolutely delighted to have won the gold award for innovation at such a prestigious national ceremony. The other organisations that had been shortlisted had put some very impressive projects forward so to come first is a real coup for the Service. We also came third in the Fire and Rescue Service of the Year Award which is also an amazing achievement that we are extremely proud of."

Director of Response Rob Barber

It won the gold award for ‘Innovation’ and the bronze award for ‘Fire and Rescue Service Project of Year’ in the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise Awards.

It was the first time the Service had entered the prestigious competition which saw public sector organisations, councils and social enterprises across the country apply.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was 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 absolutely delighted to have won the gold award for innovation at such a prestigious national ceremony. The other organisations that had been shortlisted had put some very impressive projects forward so to come first is a real coup for the Service. We also came third in the Fire and Rescue Service of the Year Award which is also an amazing achievement that we are extremely proud of.  

"In Staffordshire we are always looking at innovative ways to improve safety while providing a service that offers the best possible value for money for our communities. The ST15 is just one of the ways that we are achieving these aims. We will continue to work with our crews and partners in both the public and private sectors to develop tools that put firefighter safety and the safety of residents at the top of our agenda."

Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant and Chair of the Service Improvement Committee Councillor Terry Finn represented the Service at the high profile awards ceremony at Church House, Westminster, last night (March 4).