Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is holding its Annual Awards EveningÂ tomorrow (Wednesday 12 November) to recognise the bravery, excellence and dedication of members of the public and firefighters.
A Certificate of Commendation, which recognises the actions worthy of commendation, will be awarded to:
- Retained firefighter James DuncanÂ
- Students and staff from East Norfolk Sixth Form College. Teachers â€“ Neil White, Emma Chambers and Michelle Pitchers. Students â€“ Tim Bedwell, Katie Bould, Louis Cook, Aiden Goldsmith, Adam Legind, Rebecca Medley and Kira Phenix.Â
- Fakenham Retained and Red Watch ControlÂ
Station Manager Phil Berry nominated both Fakenham Retained and Red Watch Control because of their response to and the essential advice given to a family after a fire broke out in their house trapping a young lady in her bedroom. The teenager was rescued uninjured after firefighters battled through the flames. Phil said: â€œOn that date a family needed their local firefighters and without doubt from the initial call being made, the machinery of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service worked as we have planned and trained for.
â€œFaced with adversity firefighters in control and at Fakenham did exactly what they profess to doâ€¦ save life.â€
Nigel Williams, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, will present two of the Certificates of Commendation and commented on the awards evening by saying: â€œIt has been a difficult decision once again to pick only a handful of recipients to be given an award. We often hear of examples where people have done more than is required and our awards event is an opportunity to repay their efforts by saying thank you.â€
Cllr Paul Smyth, Chairman of Norfolk County Councilâ€™s Communities Committee, said: â€œThe Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Annual Awards are a welcome opportunity to formally recognise professional achievement, outstanding commitment and even acts of bravery.
â€œThe event shall highlight some extraordinary dedication and service shown by NFRS staff and also some members of the public, so as Chairman of the Committee I would pay tribute to all concerned for their excellent efforts and selfless actions on behalf of others.â€
Other winners are:
- Making a Difference Award â€“ Amanda Bailey, Assistant Procurement Officer - presented by Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams
- Community Partnerships Award â€“ Fire Fighting Fit Team â€“ Great Yarmouth â€“ presented by High Sheriff of Norfolk Lady DannattÂ
- Department with greatest contribution to the Firefighter Charity Award â€“Â Holt Retained StationÂ presented by Norfolk County Council Chairman Brian HannahÂ
In addition, awards to be presented at tomorrow's event include Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's Awards Evening will take place at Norwich Castle on Wednesday 12 November. All costs, which total less than Â£1,500, are being covered by the Service's Commercial Training Department*.
** Members of the media are welcome to attend the Annual Awards Evening on Wednesday 12 November which takes place inÂ The KeepÂ at Norwich Castle atÂ 7.30pm.
Please confirm your attendance by contacting Media Officer Lou Chapman on 01603 228888 or [email protected] **
*Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Commercial Training Department
Our Commercial Training Department is responsible for running fire courses for members of the public in all areas of commerce and industry.
The most popular courses we run are fire extinguisher and Fire Marshall training. We have a wide range of customers ranging from an Army Tank Regiment (Breathing Apparatus Course) to Local Authority Care Home staff (Fire Safety Inductions).
Our team of four staff travel all over Norfolk and as far as Scotland delivering all types of fire training, whether it be basic or specific, individual tailor-made courses.
The Commercial Training Team is based at our Training Centre in Bowthorpe and can be contacted on 07789 715345, by email at [email protected]
Full details are available on our website www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk