STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is celebrating after being named the Emergency Service of the Year at the National Excellence in Fire Awards.
The Service was given the honour on Friday, December 7, at a ceremony in Westminster which is held by Fire Magazine. SFRS was presented with a trophy which is now proudly displayed in the reception at Service headquarters in Pirehill, Stone.
The Service was nominated for the award category which recognises and celebrates innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships, technology and leadership in the fire and emergency services.
Chief Fire officer Becci Bryant said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Service has received such a high honour and has been recognised for the fantastic work all the staff do. To have been nominated was already such an achievement and we were thrilled to hear we were shortlisted, so to have actually won is fantastic.
“It is the hard work and dedication of everyone at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, on a daily basis, which contributes to improving our communities and has lead to this recognition. This year has been full of challenges and significant changes for the Service, including taking part in the pilot for the HMICFRS pilot, the change in governance over to the Staffordshire Commissioner and the immense demand faced by staff during the heatwave.
“During all of these difficult times the staff have remained committed to delivering excellent services to the communities/people of Staffordshire. I could not be any prouder of what they have achieved and how they have dealt with the events of the year, our people are truly what make SFRS such an outstanding organisation and this award is thoroughly deserved.”
A second award was also scooped up by the Service as Equality and Diversity Manager, Diane Dunleavy, was announced as the winner of the Most Influential Woman in Fire Award at the ceremony.
She said: “I’m honoured and delighted to be recognised for my work nationally, but without the freedom that I’ve been given by the Service, to challenge, be trusted and listened to, this would not have been possible. I believe I’m the most fortunate professional in my field because of the culture I work in and the trust that is afforded to me. It is no surprise that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue was also awarded Fire and Rescue Service of the Year at this same event.”