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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service employee, Sonja Sinclair-Elechi, to receive a Jubilee Award at the House of Lords

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Sonja Sinclair-Elechi, from Worcester, has worked for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) for 20 years and will receive a Jubilee Award on Thursday (30 July) for her outstanding service in the public sector. The Jubilee Awards for Service aim to recognise individuals from the public sector who regularly go above and beyond their usual duties and who have made a significant impact on the lives of others.

As well as working as a payroll officer for the Service, Sonja also works on a voluntary basis for the Service's Critical Incident Stress Team (CIST), who run vital stress debriefing sessions after traumatic incidents. As part of this team, she encourages staff to talk through the incident and share their thoughts and feelings. In addition to this, she also helps educate them on signs of stress, self-help and where they can find additional support. Not only does she carry out this role to the very highest of standards, but she also does this at very short notice and often in the evenings and at weekends.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "The CIST Team plays a vital role in the Service and has helped numerous individuals cope with some of the traumatic incidents that they unfortunately had to encounter. I'd like to thank Sonja for all of her hard work and dedication that she has given to the Service over the years. She is a worthy winner and I'd like to congratulate on her well-deserved award."

Sonja will attend the Jubilee Awards ceremony at the House of Lords on Thursday 30 July where she will receive her award, presented by The Baroness Massey of Darwen.


Issued by Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk