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“It is only right the public decide on this award because it is their safety we dedicate ourselves to each and every day. People can nominate individuals from the Fire Service or a team, anyone they would like to say thank you to for making a valuable and positive contribution to their lives. “In times of trouble or distress we aim to provide our community with a service which is professional, dignified and compassionate to the situation in hand. Whether it be someone in Control keeping a member of the public calm and assured over the telephone while an incident takes place, support staff who go the extra mile to build valuable community relationships or a firefighter or crew that have been tireless and brave in the face of great adversity, we remain focussed on being the best we can be. “The Fire and Rescue Professional of the Year award gives members of the public the chance to give something back.”Members of the public can make nominations through the Service’s website, by collecting a nomination form from their local fire station or by requesting a form on 08451 22 11 55. The closing date for nominations is February 19, 2010. The remaining ten categories are nominated for internally, with two of the awards going to external organisations. These include one for a business which has assisted the Fire Service by contributing to fire safety and another for a young person or group of young people who have done likewise. The awards ceremony will take place on April 30 at The Moat House in Stoke-on-Trent.