Awards for Fenland fire crews

Officers from Wisbech receive the operational excellence award during the 2014 Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Awards
Officers from Wisbech receive the operational excellence award during the 2014 Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Awards
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The dedication of Fenland firefighters was honoured during an award ceremony.

Officers from the Wisbech and March Fire Stations picked up trophies when they attended the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Excellence Awards.

The annual event celebrated long service, staff achievements and support from the local community and was attended by more than 150 guests at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon.

It honoured 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.

The service’s operational excellence award was presented to Wisbech day and on-call crews.

The swift and decisive action taken by crews during a high level ammonia leak at the Moy Park factory in Mount Pleasant Road in July prevented a major incident from taking place.

The station also received the partnership achievement award for its work in supporting youth programmes in Fenland, particularly the Prince’s Trust.

Philip Pilbeam, watch commander at Wisbech, was presented with a long service and good conduct medal.

And Dean Elkin received a chairman’s award, which is presented to retired officers who have completed at least 25 years service.

Andy Powell, watch commander for March and Sawston, received the leadership award.

After the ceremony, Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “The event has highlighted the fantastic work taking place on the frontline, behind the scenes and also in our communities.

“It reflects how we have not only some of the very best firefighters and support staff but how our staff are inspirational leaders, innovative thinkers and dedicated people who work hard to deliver the best service to the residents of Cambridgeshire.

“This evening would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors.

“A massive thank you has to go to the organisations who have contributed in some way to tonight’s event.”