Awards evening celebrates succes in fire service

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) celebrated long service, staff achievements and support from the local community at its annual awards evening.

The event celebrated the commitment, dedication and professionalism of CFRS staff and others outside of the Service who go above and beyond to improve the level of service CFRS provides within the community.

Among those who received recognition was Wisbech’s George Dunlop.

He was presented with a Certificate of Commendation George Dunlop – For his many years of willingly giving his time and enthusiasm to support CFRS activities with Vivien the 1932 fire engine.

About 150 guests arrived at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon for the event, including recipients of medals, winners of awards and their families.

Awards presented on the evening, which was hosted by Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer for CFRS and BBC Look East presenter Janine Machin.

Long Service and Good Conduct medals – Presented under a Royal Warrant for members of the uniformed service after completing 20 years of long and meritorious service to the fire and rescue service and the public.

These were presented by The Lord Lieutenant, Hugh Duberly.

Chairman’s Awards – An award made to retired personnel who have completed at least 25 years’ service with CFRS. Presented by Cllr Fred Brown, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority.

Excellence Awards –These 10 awards reflect a variety of different achievements made both within and outside the Service. Winners of the

Excellence Awards were nominated by staff in the Service.

Certificates of Commendation – A formal recognition to both members of staff and external stakeholders.

After the ceremony, Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer, said: “This is the fourth year we have held an awards evening of this kind, to present the Excellence awards as well as the traditional long service and Chairman’s awards.

“With the budget cuts very much dominating everything we do, we debated long and hard about whether it was appropriate for us to continue with the awards this year. But we decided that actually, it is all the more important to recognise the good work of staff during hard times. And after reading all of the nominations for the awards this year I know we made the right decision, as there were some excellent examples of people going above and beyond despite the change and uncertainty that has been going on in the background.

“We did of course contemplate the funding of tonight’s event when we were discussing whether or not to run it again this year and this year, for the first time, we sought sponsorship for our awards evening. We had a great response and a massive thank you has to go to the seven organisations who have contributed in some way to tonight’s event.”

The evening ended with a prize draw. Scania donated a prize of a hamper of

Scania goodies, including a remote controlled Scania lorry.

Among the local recepients were: Long Service and Good Conduct medal - Nigel James - Firefighter at Chatteris;

Chairman’s Awards: Adrian Hunter (retired), former Crew Commander at March; Award for Innovation - Giles Grainger, Hai tao Liu, Steve Elve, Martin Ockenden, Nigel Smith and Alison Scott – For the group’s innovative approach to fire protection education with the Chinese business community in Wisbech, using customer insight to understand the levels of knowledge around fire safety legislation and how this community would like to learn more.

Retained Employer of the Year - Thorney Golf Centre – For releasing Thorney’s watch commander for the last 16 years and another firefighter for the past three years, allowing the fire engine at Thorney to be available over 99 per cent of the time, including over the busy season for the Golf Club.