Fire Service staff recognised for their exceptional work at Herefordshire Awards Ceremony
On Friday 10 November, fire service staff and members of the community from across the county received awards at the annual Herefordshire Medals and Awards Ceremony.
The ceremony, which was held at Hereford Town Hall, honoured staff for their outstanding service and commitment to the fire service.
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "Without the exceptional talents and commitment of our staff, there wouldn't be the high quality fire and rescue service that we enjoy in Herefordshire and Worcestershire."
He added: "I'd like to congratulate all of the recipients whose accolades were all well deserved."
The ceremony began with The Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medals which were presented, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Christopher James OBE DL. These awards went to members of staff who had each completed either 20, 30 or 35 years of meritorious service.
As well as accolades for long service, there was also the Community Volunteer of the Year Award which is annually presented to a Service Volunteer who has provided outstanding support, enthusiasm and dedication. This year, the award went to Janette Hussy. (Pictured above).
Chief Fire Officer, Nathan Travis, then went on to present the Chief Fire Officer's Certificates of Commendation, one of which went to Firefighter Ian Hazelwood who rescued a man from a house fire whilst off duty earlier this year.
Chief Fire Officer's Certificates (of congratulations and commendation) were also presented to members of Ross-on-Wye Rowing Club who rescued a group of teenage girls from the river earlier this year. Five teenage girls were swimming in the river and came into difficulties as they reached faster flowing water near the rowing club. Member of the rowing club saw that they were in distress and rescued them using their boat.
The evening concluded with the Chairman's Certificate of Commendation, presented by Chairman Roger Phillips, which aims to recognise individuals that have made a substantial contribution to the work and aims of the Fire Authority, made a significant contribution to community safety or helped deliver a piece of work with outstanding innovation. These hard-earned awards went to both Angela Tyler and the West Mercia Police Herefordshire Youth Inclusion Team who have both contributed significantly to the Dying 2 Drive programme, which helps educate young road users and keep them safe.
The final accolades, which were for The Fire Fighters Charity Runner-up Fundraiser of the Year, were presented to crews from Leominster, Leintwardine and Ross-on-Wye for all of their fundraising efforts.