Firefighters from across Lichfield and Burntwood are among those battling out for a top award.
A ceremony on June 12 will see the efforts of teams and individuals from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service honoured in the MORE Awards.
The nominations and citations include:
- Fire Service Champion: Chase Terrace Firefighter Paul Robinson has been nominated for commitment to his job and the community he serves despite being diagnosed with a serious illness. Throughout his period of poor health Paul was determined to continue working with his focus being to ensure that the Chase Terrace pump remained on the run. Following surgery Paul was required to take a period of sickness leave however he was still often found in the Watch office at the station and he was persistent that he returned to operational duties as soon as possible. Not once did he complain about his situation. Instead he remained his happy-go lucky self.
- Fire Service Champion: Red Watch Lichfield has been nominated for its actions at an incident in which a man had suffered serious burns from a bio ethanol burner. On arrival the crew quickly administered lifesaving first aid to the casualty who went on to spend several months in intensive care due to the severity of his burns. The man is now on the road to recovery and his family sent the watch a Christmas card which read – ‘Thank you all so much for your help and support following the accident. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the greatest gift ever for Christmas’. The effect the Watch has had on this family will last a lifetime which is why they have been nominated as Fire Service Champions.
- Fire Service Fundraising Champion: The Ladder Climb Team was the driving force behind a fundraising event that involved climbing a scaffold tower to the height of Mount Everest, to raise money for a number of charities. The event took place on a hot sunny day and participants pushed themselves to the limits to complete the challenge. Family members were also recruited to help out on the day, counting the climbs and providing refreshments. The team managed to gain the support from the Uttoxeter branch of Barclays Bank who agreed to match pound for pound the amount raised on the day, which totalled a staggering £8,661.
- Young Person of the Year: The Lichfield Cadets have shown 100 per cent commitment to successfully completing the 12-month programme which has seen them giving up their own time to make a positive difference both to their own futures but also to benefit their community. They joined forces with the Red and Blue Watches at the fire station to hold a charity car wash in March. The event raised £1,500 for Action against Hunger and The Fire Fighters Charity. The young people were also able to raise awareness of the two organisations, taking the opportunity to educate visitors to the vital worth that they carry out. The Cadets worked tirelessly from 9am-4.30pm and their dedication was praised by all involved.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford added: “We are lucky to have an extremely dedicated and hard-working team, in terms of operational and support staff as well as voluntary members of the team, at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and we are proud of the excellent work that they carry out on a daily basis.”