The shortlisted Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service heroes for 2012 have been announced.

This year’s MORE Staff Awards take place on Thursday March 1st at the County Showground in Stafford and will be hosted by BBC’s Joanne Malin.

Among the shortlisted nominees is Lichfield Fire Station’s Administration Manager, Pauline Patten who has been shortlisted for the Leadership Message Award. Pauline’s nomination is for her dedicated support of the National Memorial Arboretum.

Pauline is also a committee member for the United Kingdom Firefighter’s Charitable Trust and is a key player in organising one of the largest gatherings ok UK Fire Service personnel each year, the Service of Thanksgiving.

Chase Terrace firefighter Paul Robinson is also up for an award, the Service to the Community award, for consistently going above and beyond his role.

Paul often carries out unpaid duties at Chase Terrace Fire Station and is highly dedicated to helping to keep his community safe, something which is apparent following a staggering 335 Home Fire Risk Checks carried out by Chase Terrace firefighters in just eight months.

Lichfield Student Firefighter Jack Hart, aged 17, has also been shortlisted for an award – the Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Young Person of the Year Award. Jack’s instructor describes him as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and credits him with encouraging his peers. Jack sees his future in the Fire Service and is hoping to one day have a career with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Rugeley Road Safety team have too been successful in being shortlisted for the Service to the Community Award for their work with young people in the area. Often in their own time and over weekends, the road safety team are dedicated to reducing road traffic collisions and educating young people about driving safety.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford, said: “Vital to the success of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are the people that form the organisation, so it is important that we recognise them, celebrate the hard work they do and the contribution they make to improving the lives and well-being of those we serve.

“Over 100 nominations were received internally and almost 30 from members of the public. A team of staff from across the organisation have had the difficult and unenviable task of shortlisting the finalists in each category.

“The winners in each category will be announced in March and we’re thrilled that Joanne Malin has accepted our invitation to host the event.”

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