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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Key partner is presented with a MORE Award

24/06/2015

Claire Underwood - Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust
Claire Underwood - Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has presented a key NHS partner in Tamworth with a prestigious MORE Award.

"The partnership between the NHS and the fire and rescue service is proving to be a real success and I believe that it has already made a positive difference to the communities we serve. We are working closely together to respond to the needs of local people and are coming up with innovative and creative solutions to prevent issues from happening in the first place. I am absolutely delighted to accept this award and do so both on behalf of my colleagues at the NHS and our partners at the fire and rescue service. It is a real honour to have been chosen and I am looking forward to building on the excellent work that has been done so far."

Claire Underwood - Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford recognised the work carried out by Claire Underwood, from Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTP), at the eighth annual ceremony held at Staffordshire County Showground last night.

Claire was presented with the Community Wellbeing award. She has been working closely with the Service after a recent review into a fatal fire found that by working together the two organisations could have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people, helping to prevent further incidents from occurring in the future.

Under her role as Area Manager for Tamworth and Lichfield SSOTP she has developed a strong relationship with the Service. Vulnerable people that members of staff from the NHS believe may be at risk of fire are now referred to the Service and a free Home Fire Risk Check is then carried out. The partnership also works in the opposite direction with fire service personnel referring cases to SSOTP.

Claire said:

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford recognised the work carried out by Claire Underwood, from Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTP), at the eighth annual ceremony held at Staffordshire County Showground last night.

Claire was presented with the Community Wellbeing award. She has been working closely with the Service after a recent review into a fatal fire found that by working together the two organisations could have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people, helping to prevent further incidents from occurring in the future.

Under her role as Area Manager for Tamworth and Lichfield SSOTP she has developed a strong relationship with the Service. Vulnerable people that members of staff from the NHS believe may be at risk of fire are now referred to the Service and a free Home Fire Risk Check is then carried out. The partnership also works in the opposite direction with fire service personnel referring cases to SSOTP.

Claire said: "The partnership between the NHS and the fire and rescue service is proving to be a real success and I believe that it has already made a positive difference to the communities we serve. We are working closely together to respond to the needs of local people and are coming up with innovative and creative solutions to prevent issues from happening in the first place. I am absolutely delighted to accept this award and do so both on behalf of my colleagues at the NHS and our partners at the fire and rescue service. It is a real honour to have been chosen and I am looking forward to building on the excellent work that has been done so far."

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."

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."