Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual celebration is in its ninth year and firefighters, support staff and volunteers from the east of the county have all been shortlisted for MORE Awards.
“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."
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 east of the county include:
Prevent Manager, Rebecca Gill, who is based at Lichfield Community Fire Station, has been shortlisted for the category Fire Service Champion Nominated Externally. Rebecca has spearheaded a collaborative project to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the community. She has been described as dedicated, ambitious and enthusiastic, with a can do attitude and a drive to succeed that has been the catalyst for improving outcomes for many people.
White Watch at Tamworth Belgrave Community Fire Station has been shortlisted for the category Fire Service Champion Nominated Externally. White Watch supported a family during a house fire, keeping them informed of what was happening to their home. Instead of leaving the family’s roof open to the elements they were able to patch repair it. Officers spent a long time reassuring the family’s eight year old daughter who was very traumatised by the incident. White Watch has been described as standing head and shoulders above the rest and as a credit to the Service.
Firefighter, Kim Harrison from Orange Watch at Lichfield Community Fire Station has been shortlisted for the Peter Harrison Innovation and Improvement Champion award sponsored by JCB. Whilst on attachment with the prevent team and the part time workers trial Kim performed to an exceptional standard. Kim’s pragmatic drive ensured efficiency and results. Kim arranged training and support for crews in road safety with county council partnerships and fire safety in schools, increasing audience figures. Kim assisted in the roll out of this new concept which will shape the future flexibility of the fire service.
Watch Manager, Rob Horton and Prevent Manager, Rebecca Gill, who are based at Lichfield Community Fire Station, have jointly been nominated for the Peter Harrison Innovation and Improvement Champion award sponsored by JCB. Rob Horton and Rebecca Gill have spearheaded a multi-agency pilot group - Coordinating Isolated Support Services (CISS) which offers an integrated support service for lonely and vulnerable members of the Tamworth community. The aim of CISS is to tackle social isolation and loneliness; to signpost people to the most appropriate provider to meet their needs and to evaluate the impact of loneliness and isolation upon residents. They have been described as leaders with vision, who inspire their team.
Tamworth volunteer, Peter Pearsall has been shortlisted for the Fire Service Champion – Service to the Community category. He has been described as a dedicated, reliable and trustworthy individual who has given up his free time over a number of years to promote the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Peter has a wealth of skills and represents the Service at a variety of events, home visits, Home Fire Risk Checks, Safety Town events, school visits and promotional events.
Councillor, Peter Davis has been nominated for the Member Involvement in the Community award, inspired by Sonja Oatley. Peter is the Lead Member for the Eastern Service Delivery Group and Tamworth Borough and as such is a great support to colleagues in the fire service. Peter has a positive approach and shows a great interest in the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Prevent Manager, Rebecca Gill, who is based at Lichfield Community Fire Station, has been shortlisted for the category Leadership Message and Cultural Framework Champion. Rebecca supported and counselled a member of staff diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She liaised with Human Resources on their behalf and, together with Human Resources, worked tirelessly to secure a position within the Service that supported their needs. Rebecca is described as going above and beyond her duties and as having an ‘always here for you’ approach.
Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the MORE Awards. Please call Media Officer Fiona Carding on 01785 898578 to confirm attendance.