Burton firefighters have scooped a prestigious national accolade.
The Risk Reduction Team at Burton Fire Station, consisting of Assistant Area Commander Paul Cullen, Watch Manager Nigel Burton and Firefighters Anjum and Amir Riaz have triumphed in the Service Delivery category in the Communities and Local Government's Fire and Rescue Service Equality and Diversity Awards 2010.
"It's a privilege for the team to receive such a prestigious national award."
Mick Archer, East Staffordshire Area Commander
The commendation recognises various achievements including the recruitment of five bi-lingual firefighters at Burton and establishing productive working relations with the multicultural communities of East Staffordshire.
The team was headed by Paul Cullen, who said: "We visited local places of worship, holding events for minority and ethnic groups and women in general to raise awareness of the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, recruitment opportunities and social and business engagement.
"A 'Welcome to East Staffordshire' booklet was produced in conjunction with East Staffordshire Borough Council which contained Fire Safety advice and was translated into Polish. We also attended up a number of focus groups to engage with the Chinese and Pakistani communities and provided fire safety training to more than 130 Social Care and Health staff."
East Staffordshire Area Commander Mick Archer added: "It's a privilege for the team to receive such a prestigious national award. They have worked tirelessly to promote equalities throughout East Staffordshire whilst also helping to make peoples lives safer from the risk of fire."
Partners actively supporting Burton’s Risk Reduction Team in their campaigning include Radio Ramadan Burton, East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, East Staffordshire Borough Council, East Staffordshire Race Equality Council, Burton Chinese Community Association, Staffordshire Community Safety Partnership and Pakistani Community Centre.