Staffordshire Service Shortlisted for Trio of Titles

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been shortlisted for a trio of top titles as part of a national awards ceremony.

The Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2016 will see the service go head to head with colleagues from across the Uk, and the winners will be presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by FIRE magazine in London on December 2nd.

The award aims to commend fire services for innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships and technology.

Equality and Diversity Manager Diane Dunlevey

Equality and Diversity Manager Diane Dunlevey

Short-listed for Most Influential Women in Fire category are Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Becci Bryant and Equality and Diversity Manager Diane Dunlevey, honouring a nominee who has made a discernible difference to fire and rescue service performance in the past year.

Staffordshire’s Business Intelligence Team is a candidate for scooping the Innovation of the Year title. The team has developed a programme that operates a gold, silver & bronze risk stratification system, which allows prioritising of those who are the most at risk when allocating appointments for ‘Safe and Well’ visits. The winner of this category will have improved safety measures, potentially leading to lives being saved and injuries reduced, produced significant cost savings or improved the provision of emergency response.

Another short-listed is the Learning and Development Team, which has become an accredited centre for a range of training and development programmes as well as an approved centre for the Institution of Fire Engineers. Their outreach to organisations including Jaguar Landrover, JCB and the Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team to provide training has earned them a nomination for Training Provider of the Year. The category will praise an individual, organisation or team that has delivered exceptional training for fire and emergency personnel. The winner will have demonstrated transference of learning, first-class feedback, organisational improvements directly linked to the training, innovation and best practice.

Nomination ... Chief fire officer Becci Bryant.

Nomination … Chief fire officer Becci Bryant.

It is a real honour for the Service to have been short-listed for these prestigious national awards and I am extremely proud, both from a personal perspective as well as a professional perspective, that we have reached this stage in the competition. Staffordshire is an extremely innovative fire and rescue service and we are always striving to find more efficient and effective ways to make our communities safer while at the same time balancing the books. The teams and individuals who have been short-listed for the awards have already achieved a great deal as the calibre of entries from our colleagues across the country is always exceptional. It would be a privilege for members of the Service to be recognised as leaders on a national stage and I would like to congratulate all of Staffordshire’s nominees for their success on being short-listed and to wish them luck on December 2.CFO Becci Bryant