Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and British Transport Police Nottingham have been honoured at a special train naming ceremony by East Midlands Trains on Monday 12 February.
Just one month on from the terrible fire that is now being treated by the British Transport Police as a suspected arson attack, East Midlands Trains has fitted one of its high speed trains (HST) power cars with two special nameplates to honour the two organisations. Thought to be the only power car in the whole country to carry two nameplates, the power car 43467* is used to carry thousands of customers every day between Nottingham and London.
As well as Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the British Transport Police in Nottingham, a whole host of other organisations also gave support to East Midlands Trains during and after the fire, including East Midlands Ambulance Service, who were on site for the whole day in case they were needed, Nottingham City Council, who helped with road closures around the station, Nottingham Police who supported the British Transport Police and co-ordinated the emergency services, the Rapid Relief team, who played a vital role in helping keep everybody fed and watered, Network Rail who are helping with the repair work at the station, and the team of contractors who helped to re-open the station so quickly after the fire.
Representatives from East Midlands Ambulance Service, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Network Rail and the Rapid Relief Team were invited to the train naming event on Monday 12 February in order for Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, to thank them personally. The name plates were officially unveiled by Councillor Brian Grocock, Chair of the Fire Authority, Chief Constable Paul Crowther from British Transport Police and Jake Kelly.
Councillor Brian Grocock, Chair of the Fire Authority, said: "We are very proud at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to be honoured in this way and would like to thank East Midlands Trains for this recognition. Responding to the incident involved staff from across the Service as well as a number of partner agencies, all playing an important role in lessening the impact of the fire on this iconic building. We want to accept this honour on behalf of all those involved, both at the time of incident as well as during the recovery phase."
Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: "As we recover from the impact of the fire at Nottingham and start to repair the damage to the station, we remain truly grateful for all the support from the emergency services, our partners and the local community during extremely challenging circumstances.
"In recognition of the valued work of the British Transport Police in Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the team at East Midlands Trains has made a unanimous decision to name one of the power cars of our high speed trains after these two organisations at a special naming ceremony.
"This will mean that every day people travelling between Nottingham and London will travel on a train bearing the name of these two organisations who provided such vital help during our time of need, and for which we remain indebted. We hope this represents the gratitude of everybody at East Midlands Trains."
Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: "On behalf of British Transport Police, I'd like to thank East Midlands Trains for this touching acknowledgement of their gratitude to the Force.
"We are delighted to receive this recognition for the outstanding work of our officers who responded to the fire at Nottingham railway station, alongside our colleagues in Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services.
"I know my officers will probably say they were just doing their jobs, but the fact is they don't always get the praise they deserve for putting themselves in danger every day, in order to protect the public, and it can be easy to take them for granted.
"Being honoured in this way means a lot to them, and to all BTP officers and staff who are incredibly proud of our colleagues. I am thrilled that East Midlands Trains have chosen to show their appreciation in such a thoughtful and fitting way."
East Midlands Trains and Network Rail are continuing to work with a team of contractors to determine the scope and timescales involved in re-opening the Southern Concourse, where most of the damage was caused. An update on the re-opening of the Southern Concourse will be provided in due course. All other areas of the station are now fully operational.