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Fire Service celebrates its successes

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The first awards of the evening were presented to two members of staff based at Service Headquarters in Worcester for completing their Masters Degrees. This included Area Commander Jon Pryce, who completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration, Executive Leadership & Management, and Laura Robinson from the Human Resources department, who has completed a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management.

This was followed by presentations to three members of staff who had completed their Level 7 Diploma Awards. This included Emma Birch, Assessment and Development Manager (Training and Development Centre, Droitwich) who had completed her Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management, and Group Commander Ian Prust (Operation Logistics, Malvern) and Group Commander Mike Cunningham (Service HQ) who had both completed a Level 7 Diploma in Management Studies (see below for more details of these diplomas).

Nineteen firefighters were also presented with certificates for successfully completing their Trainee Firefighter Programme (see below for more details of this programme).

This included Firefighters Nick Brittain (Whitchurch), Christopher Burrow (Bromsgrove), Jamie Carr (Hereford), Henry Cawdron ( Broadway), James Collings ( Bewdley), Will Daglish (Pebworth), Sean Evans (Bewdley), Mark Glass (Worcester), Luke Harris ( Droitwich), Raymond Manyonga (Droitwich), Stuart McEwan (Leominster), Craig Morgan (Ross on Wye), Craig Rayner (Stourport), Mark Rigby (Bewdley), Aaron Smith (Evesham), Mark Smith (Broadway), Nathan Smith (Pershore), Alan Wharton (Tenbury) and James Wood (Evesham).

CFO Yates also presented certificates to 13 Firefighters and one Crew Commander who have completed their Firefighter Development Programme - NVQ Level 3 (see below for more details of this programme).

This included Firefighters Nigel Birch (Peterchurch), Neil Chaplain (Whitchurch), Danielle Chinn (Worcester), Stephen Cook (Hereford), Peter Hope (Worcester), David Jones (Ledbury), David Knapper (Ross on Wye), Michael Lee (Evesham), Michael Matthews (Redditch), Adam Newell (Worcester), Christopher Powney (Leominster), Matthew Ripley (Ross on Wye) and Ken Taylor (Stourport), and also Crew Commander Craig Smith (Pebworth).

Seven officers were also presented with certificates for completing the Development Programme (see below for more details of this programme).

This included Group Commander Mike Cunningham (Service HQ), Crew Commander Debbie Davies (Kidderminster), Station Commander Phil Griffiths (Redditch), Watch Commander Jon Laight (Redditch), Watch Commander Andrew Lasckey (Malvern), Group Commander Ian Prust (Operational Logistics, Malvern) and Watch Commander Len Rees (Kidderminster).

CFO Yates presented six further members of staff with certificates for completing their A1 Assessors Award (see below for more details of this programme).

This included Watch Commander Chris George (Urban Search & Rescue, Droitwich), Firefighter Simon Harbourne (Droitwich), Watch Commander Phil Harvey (Worcester), Watch Commander Jon Laight (Redditch), Watch Commander Adrian Taylor (Service HQ) and Watch Commander Dave Vickress (Leintwardine).

He also presented certificates to Station Commander Phil Griffiths (Redditch), Station Commander Dan Mourino (Urban Search & Rescue, Droitwich) and Station Commander Maxine Laugher (Fire Control, Worcester) for achieving an Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Certificate in Management Studies (see below for more details of this programme).

The final award of the evening was presented to Crew Commander Debbie Davies (Kidderminster) for completing her Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Supervisory Management Programme Stage 1 (see below for more details of this programme).

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: “This is our fourth Celebration of Success event and this year’s programme was fuller than ever, with a range of personal and professional achievements being recognised.

“We are extremely proud of our staff and their commitment to learning and self-development, and Friday’s event was our opportunity to celebrate their hard work and individual successes. It also gave us chance to pass on our thanks to family members for their support, which is so valuable but yet often goes unrecognised.”

He also thanked Councillor Derek W Prodger MBE, Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority for attending the Celebration of Success event and members of the Young Firefighters Association for helping out during the evening.