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There is just one week left for members of the public to nominate their Fire and Rescue Professional of the Year!

"The Fire and Rescue Professional of the Year award gives members of the public the chance to give something back."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive , Peter Dartford

The closing date for applications for the public nominated award is Friday 19th February. The Service is holding their Staff Awards ceremony for the third year running; there are a total of 11 categories, one of which is based purely on public nominations.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford, said: “"t is only right the public decide on this award because it is their safety we dedicate ourselves to each and every day.

 "People can nominate individuals from the Fire Service or a team, anyone they would like to say thank you to for making a valuable and positive contribution to their lives.

"In times of trouble or distress we aim to provide our community with a service which is professional, dignified and compassionate to the situation in hand.

"Whether it be someone in Control keeping a member of the public calm and assured over the telephone while an incident takes place, support staff who go the extra mile to build valuable community relationships or a firefighter or crew that have been tireless and brave in the face of great adversity, we remain focussed on being the best we can be.

"The Fire and Rescue Professional of the Year award gives members of the public the chance to give something back."

Last year, the Moorlands Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinators scooped the accolade for their commitment and enthusiasm in organising the Moorland Duke of Edinburgh Student Firefighter courses.

Watch Manager, Mick Flannigan said: “We were all very excited to win this and so pleased.

"But it wasn’t just about us. It was for everyone involved, particularly the students who took part in the course."

Public nominations can be made through the Service’s website, www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or by collecting a nomination form from their local fire station.

Alternatively people can telephone 08451 22 11 55 to request a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is 19th February 2010.

The remaining ten categories are nominated for internally, with two of the awards going to external organisations. These include a partnership award and an award for a young person or group of young people.

The categories are as follows:
Communicator of the Year
Your Partner of Choice
The Green Award
Fundraiser of the Year
Service to the Community
Outstanding Contribution to the Leadership Message
Diversity Champion Award
Young Persons Award
Innovation or Improvement Award
Sonja Oatley award for member Involvement in the Community