A member of Fire Control who gave lifesaving advice to a couple trapped in their house, members of the public who saved their neighbours from a house fire, a Watch Manager who acted as an ambassador for the Service's support of the Reserve Forces and firefighters who have been reading to local school children are just some of the people who were awarded last night (12 October) for their achievements.
Awards ranging from prestigious Long Service and Good Conduct Medals for 20 years' meritorious service, to Chief Fire Officer's Commendations and Certificates of Recognition were presented as part of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's (NFRS) annual awards ceremony, held at the Albert Hall in Nottingham.
A member of the public received a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation for his lifesaving actions in rescuing his 78-year-old neighbour from a house fire in Clifton earlier this year, while others received Chief Fire Officer's Certificates of Recognition for their efforts, including a member of our Fire Control team whose fire survival guidance undoubtedly saved the life of a couple who were trapped in their house which was on fire.
The ceremony also saw the crew from Stapleford Fire Station being awarded with the Chief Fire Officer's Fundraising Trophy for raising the most money across the last year for The Fire Fighters Charity.
The station raised an amazing £4940.99 for the charity through their bonfire night event, a Christmas collection, and through having stalls at various local events across the last year.
Speaking of the achievement, Crew Manager Kevin Tedds from Stapleford Fire Station, said: "It is a real honour for the station to pick up the trophy, and we are really proud to be this year's recipients after our hard work over the last year for the charity."
Also recognised at the ceremony was a Watch Manager from Edwinstowe Fire Station who acted as an ambassador for the Service's ongoing support of the Reserve Forces.
During the time that a colleague on his watch was deployed to Afghanistan, Richard went above and beyond to support this process, keeping in touch with him by letter and making sure that his family were supported while he was away.
Speaking of his award, Richard said: "Having been in the forces myself before joining the fire service, I know what it is like to be away from family for an extended period of time and it was my pleasure to be able to support both Dan and his family throughout the time that he was deployed.
"The Service has great support networks in place for those who are in the Reserve Forces, and I am proud to have been awarded for reflecting this."