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Highfields Fire Station recognised with High Sheriff's Award

Posted on 29 January 2024

Highfields Fire Station has been recognised by the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. 
In a ceremony at County Hall on Thursday 25 January, the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Professor Veronica Pickering DL, conferred a High Sheriff's Award on Highfields Fire Station. 
The High Sheriff spent a day with Highfields Fire Station last year, where she joined White Watch in responding to emergency call outs and visiting homes on Safe and Well visits to fit smoke alarms and share information on electric blankets.  
A High Sheriff's Award was given in recognition of the work the station does, particularly recently with the extreme weather conditions. 
Highfields, along with Newark, are two stations in the county that have specialist rescue capabilities with rope and water rescue. 
In accepting the award on behalf of the station, Firefighter Sophie Newnes said that the crew had really enjoyed the High Sheriff's visit and that she was welcome to come back again soon. 
Among others awarded at the ceremony were Nottinghamshire citizens involved in charitable work and those who had been witnesses to crime and intervened to prevent a crime or further harm to a victim. 
Professor Veronica Pickering DL said: "I was delighted to recognise the work of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and specifically Highfields Fire Station. 
"My day at Highfields in September was amazing and certainly exceeded any expectations. I learnt such a lot in such a short time - it was a great introduction to their wonderful and varied work. 
"As I move on to a new role as Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, I look forward to continuing and strengthening my relationship with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service." 
Station Manager Chris Navin, of Highfields Fire Station, said: "I want to thank the High Sheriff for her kindness in extending this award to Highfields which is very greatly received. 
"I am glad Veronica was able to join us to see the wide-ranging work we do, from responding to emergency incidents, visiting people in their homes and keeping businesses safe. We would be very happy to welcome her back any time." 

Sophie shaking the hand of the High Sheriff