Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has presented two prestigious MORE Awards to winners in the Lichfield area.
"I’m surprised to win the award, particularly after receiving a commendation just last month. It was actually my girlfriend’s grandparents’ house that was on fire so there was no way I could do nothing. I’m really thankful to the Chase Terrace and Cannock crews who then attended the incident and tackled the fire."
Jamie Devey - Former retained firefighter
CFO Peter Dartford announced the winners at the eighth annual event, held at Staffordshire County Showground last night.
The ceremony aims to highlight the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as Fire and Rescue Authority members and volunteers.
Former retained firefighter Jamie Devey was presented with the Fire Service Champion - Externally Nominated award.
Jamie was on his way to Chase Terrace Community Fire Station when he saw smoke coming from a house on High Street, Chasetown. He was aware that an elderly couple with medical conditions lived in the property.
Jamie rescued the lady, who by this point was extremely distressed, from the house and then physically carried her husband from the property.
The couple’s family has praised Jamie’s courage saying the consequences could have been far more serious had it not been for his swift action. Last month, Jamie was presented with a Commendation from Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford following this incident.
Jamie said: "I’m surprised to win the award, particularly after receiving a commendation just last month. It was actually my girlfriend’s grandparents’ house that was on fire so there was no way I could do nothing. I’m really thankful to the Chase Terrace and Cannock crews who then attended the incident and tackled the fire."
Claire Underwood, from Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTP), scooped the Community Wellbeing award.
Claire 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 whom 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."