Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual celebration is in its ninth year and firefighters, support staff, partnerships and a charity from the west of the county have all been shortlisted for MORE Awards.
“We have an incredibly dedicated and hard-working team which is made up of operational firefighters, support staff and volunteers, and we are proud of the excellent work that they carry out on a daily basis."
Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the County Showground in Stafford on June 30, 2016.
The MORE Awards aim to highlight the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as voluntary members of the team and partnership agencies.
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant said: “We have an incredibly dedicated and hard-working team which is made up of operational firefighters, support staff and volunteers, and we are proud of the excellent work that they carry out on a daily basis.
“It was a difficult task to shortlist the nominees as the standard was very high and each member of the team plays a vital role in delivering the first-class service that the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent expect and deserve. However, the people who have been shortlisted really have gone the extra mile and I am delighted to recognise their outstanding contributions.”
The nominations for the west of the county include:
Alton Towers Rescue Crew, which included firefighters from Cheadle, Leek, Ipstones, Stafford and Sandyford, along with the rescue tender and aerial ladder platform from Longton and the Rope Rescue Team from Stafford, have been shortlisted for the Fire Service Champion Nominated Externally category. The crews involved in the rescue are described as going above and beyond the call of duty. The determination and courage shown by personnel was not only inspiring but lifesaving. The crews are further described as having shown care and compassion to the families of those involved in the incident.
The Stafford division of The Rapid Relief Team has been shortlisted for the Fire Service Champion - Partnership Achievement category sponsored by Clan Tool and Plant Ltd. The Rapid Relief Team is a not for profit charitable organisation which provides voluntary support to the Emergency Services at operational incidents. Its volunteers are principally members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. They provide refreshments and practical support where incidents are for a prolonged period. They have been described as offering food and drinks with a smile and a genuine enthusiasm that helps to lift the spirits of tired crew, enabling them to continue their operational duties.
Coop Food Store Manager Carol Battersby and the Coop Food Store in Huntington have been shortlisted for the Fire Service Champion – Partnership Achievement category sponsored by Clan Tool and Plant Ltd. Carol and staff at the store have supported the Service by promoting safety messages and campaigns in store. They have also provided food and drink for events and organised refreshments stands. Carol also presented a showcase session at the Contribution Women Make to a Safer Staffordshire conference. Carol is currently working with the Service in the west of the county, providing a venue, refreshments, staff and also undertaking voluntary work herself to help make Staffordshire a Safer Place to be.
Retained firefighter Michael Maybin, from Brewood Fire Station, has been shortlisted for the Peter Harrison Innovation and Improvement Champion Award sponsored by JCB. Michael is described as having driven an initiative in South Staffordshire to provide health screenings for at risk members of the community. He has run numerous healthcare sessions, working with other partner agencies, as a healthcare professional, supported by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue.
Prince’s Trust Programme Manager James Hettihewa-Young, who is based at Stafford Fire Station, has been shortlisted for the Fire Service Champion – Service to the Community award. James is described as serving his community by delivering and planning a range of programmes during the course of the year which benefit many vulnerable young people across a range of ages. His commitment and dedication is inspirational to his team and he always offers support and encouragement ensuring the team remains motivated and enabled to support young people in the community.
Community Safety Officer Kelly McCulloch, who is based at Cannock Fire Station, has been shortlisted in the Fire Service Champion – Service to the Community category. Kelly has been instrumental in producing an action plan to ensure the safety of a vulnerable person and working with them over a number of years to gain their trust. Kelly has introduced preventative measures into their home to reduce future fire risk and ensure they are as safe as possible.
The Human Resources Team, based at Staffordshire Fire Service Headquarters in Pirehill, Stone, has been shortlisted for the Leadership and Cultural Message Framework category. The team consistently demonstrate the Service’s cultural values of honesty, openness, trust and respect. They are described as giving constructive advice in, sometimes, challenging circumstances, of demonstrating empathy throughout and of going the extra mile to make a difference.
Director of Response, Rob Barber, who is based at Staffordshire Fire Service Headquarters in Pirehill, Stone, has been shortlisted in the category Fundraiser Champion. Following the tragic death of firefighter Mark Hancock from Sandyford Community Fire Station, Rob has tirelessly supported Mark's family and has facilitated the generation of funds for the charity ‘Cardiac Risk in The Young’. Rob has gone above and beyond his duty to ensure that ‘Cardiac Risk in The Young’ and Mark's family can help others in the future. A large-scale cycling event, organised by Rob, is set to become an annual memorial to Mark and will continue to raise funds for the cause.
Operations Equipment Logistics Officer Michael Stanaway, who is based at Staffordshire Fire Service Headquarters in Pirehill, Stone, has been shortlisted in the category Fire Service Champion Nominated by Staff. He is described as being ‘always ready to assist’ and bridges the gap between support roles and operational roles on a day-to-day basis. Michael goes the extra mile to deliver a first class service to external and internal customers. Michael readily assists with tasks outside of his remit and shows continual commitment and professionalism.
Firefighter Tim Anslow, who is based at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station, has been shortlisted for Fire Service Champion Nominated by Staff. Tim is described as courageous and a ‘guardian angel’ for stopping to assist at a road traffic collision when he was travelling home from work. Tim recognised that the man was bleeding seriously and used a friend’s belt to tie around the man’s legs to control loss of blood. Tim kept the gentleman warm and conscious whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive. The hospital informed the casualty that Tim’s action’s saved his life.
Head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mark Adams, who is based at Staffordshire Fire Service Headquarters in Pirehill, Stone, has been shortlisted for the Fire Service Champion Nominated by Staff award. Mark has inspired, motivated, mentored and empowered his teams to develop and achieve their maximum potential. He has overseen the progression and innovation of ICT services resulting in significant progress for the Service and has implemented various critical communication and mobilisation technologies to ensure that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service can always make Staffordshire the safest place to be.
Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the MORE Awards. Please call Media Officer Fiona Carding on 01785 898578 to confirm attendance.