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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Burton's MORE Award winner is revealed

24/06/2015

Bill Beck with his MORE Award
Bill Beck with his MORE Award

A former firefighter from Burton has won a prestigious Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service MORE Award.

"I am absolutely delighted to have won this award – I can’t believe it. I love the camaraderie that we have a Tutbury Fire Station which is why it has been a huge part of my life for a number of decades. I go to the station most days and wouldn’t be without it so for my contribution to be recognised at such a high level is really humbling and I feel very proud. I can’t wait to show the award to everyone at the station – I know they are all going to be so pleased for me."

Bill Beck - Home Fire Risk Check Technician

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford presented Bill Beck with the Fire Service Champion – Service to the Community award at the annual ceremony, which is in its eighth year.

The event, held at Staffordshire County Showground last night, recognised the achievements of operational and support staff as well as Fire and Rescue Authority members, partners and volunteers.

Bill worked at Tutbury Fire Station when he joined the Service in 1975, later becoming Leading Firefighter and Temporary Sub Officer before retiring in 1999.

He is currently working as a technician, carrying out free Home Fire Risk Checks in the homes of vulnerable and older people in the area while also planning an open day event to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary.

Bill was instrumental in helping the fire station to achieve an award as part of Tutbury in Bloom 2014 and puts a great deal of effort into ensuring the grounds are immaculate. He is a well-respected member of the community and goes out of his way to support and assist residents in need of help and advice.

Bill said: "I am absolutely delighted to have won this award – I can’t believe it. I love the camaraderie that we have a Tutbury Fire Station which is why it has been a huge part of my life for a number of decades. I go to the station most days and wouldn’t be without it so for my contribution to be recognised at such a high level is really humbling and I feel very proud. I can’t wait to show the award to everyone at the station – I know they are all going to be so pleased for me."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “The calibre of the shortlisted nominees this year was second to none and the winners of the MORE Awards are incredibly well-deserving. They have shown an admirable level of commitment to serving the communities of Staffordshire and have played an important role in helping to make the county one of the safest places to live, visit and work.

"I am extremely proud to be at the helm of an organisation that has such a dedicated, hard-working and innovative team, be they operational firefighters, support staff, Fire and Rescue Authority members or volunteers, their contributions are greatly appreciated."