Herefordshire employers recognised for huge support for on-call firefighters

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Two Herefordshire employers have been recognised for the huge assistance they have given to Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) by supporting members of their staff to become on-call firefighters.

At the HWFRS Herefordshire Awards Evening earlier this month, Polytec Car Styling from Bromyard and Arrow Plant Hire from Kington became the first recipients of a new award.

The Chief Fire Officer’s Employer Award was handed over by CFO Jon Pryce to Nick Sturrock, Liam Naven-Jones and Simon Halling from Polytec and Peter Jones from Arrow in recognition of the way in which the two firms have continued to provide on-call members of staff to HWFRS in support of their local community.

Members of Polytec Car Styling staff have been supporting the on-call section since 1990 while Peter Jones of Arrow Plant Hire, who was himself an on-call firefighter for 20 years, continues to have staff members who are on-call.

“Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service recognises the sacrifices that employers make in allowing their staff to be on-call firefighters, a role which may cut in to their working day while supporting the needs of their local community,” said Area Commander Jon Butlin.

“Polytec Car Styling and Arrow Plant Hire have supported us for many years and so these awards are very well deserved. We are very grateful for the incredible backing they have given us for so long.”

“On behalf of Polytec Car Styling UK Ltd we were delighted to be presented with the ‘Chief Fire Officer’s Employer Award’,” said Nick Sturrock, head of HR at Polytec.

“We are passionate about supporting the safety and wellbeing of our local community through our continued and ongoing support in providing on-call firefighter provision.

“We look forward to further engaging and building a collaborative partnership with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.”