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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Volunteers honoured at a special ceremony

26/03/2015

Becci Bryant and Clare Jones
Becci Bryant and Clare Jones

Volunteers who dedicate their spare time to supporting the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been honoured at a special ceremony.

"I’ve really enjoyed the time that I have spent with the fire and rescue service and would encourage anyone who is considering becoming a volunteer to look into the various options that it has to offer. It has given me a much greater understanding of the work that the Service does and I have gained some valuable experience in a range of roles. I have carried out fire safety talks at schools, assisted the technicians while they have carried out Home Fire Risk Checks and supported the work of the Asian Fire Service Association." 

Volunteer - Clare Jones

Twenty-four community-spirited people attended the event at the Service’s headquarters on Tuesday.

They have taken on a wide range of roles including promoting safety in the community and within businesses as well as training Fire Cadets.

The volunteers were welcomed by Director of Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens. They were then presented with a certificate by Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant, who thanked them for their help and praised their approach to supporting their local communities.

Mr Stevens said: "The volunteers do an absolutely sterling job and they play a key role in getting out to residents and businesses and promoting our fire safety messages. This prevention work has had a really positive impact on the number of incidents that we have in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent with calls going down year on year.

"I would like to thank them all for dedicating their time and energy to helping to educate people on fire safety. They are having an incredibly positive – and potentially life-saving effect - on people’s lives.  We are always looking for ways in which local people can support their local communities so if you want to make a real difference, and have some spare time, please get in touch."

Clare Jones, from Sandyford, has been a volunteer with the Service for five years.

She said: "I’ve really enjoyed the time that I have spent with the fire and rescue service and would encourage anyone who is considering becoming a volunteer to look into the various options that it has to offer. It has given me a much greater understanding of the work that the Service does and I have gained some valuable experience in a range of roles. I have carried out fire safety talks at schools, assisted the technicians while they have carried out Home Fire Risk Checks and supported the work of the Asian Fire Service Association.

"There is a wealth of opportunity available to suit people like myself who have another job as well as retired people, those who want to give something back to the community or people who are looking for work and want to build up their CV."

For more information on how to volunteer with the Service visit:
http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/volunteers.asp