Humberside Fire & Rescue Service’s (HFRS) annual Community Awards, which celebrate members of staff; partner organisations; and the public for their contributions to the community and acts of courage, took place last night at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Country Park Inn, Hessle.
Among those receiving accolades was the man responsible for organising the 7 Lakes Rescue Day At Ealand.
Andy Preskey received the Chief’s Award. Andy has been a member of operational staff with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service for over 20 years.
Two years ago he took over as chairman of the board organising the 7 Lakes Rescue in his spare time. Rescue Day has grown into what is believe to be the world’s largest public display of Emergency Services.
This year over 22,000 people came to Rescue Day in Crowle to be thrilled by displays from the police, fire service, ambulance service, RAF, SAR, AA Rescue, Humber Rescue and so many other emergency responders and this year’s event over £25, 000 was raised for local charities.
Upon presenting the award, CFO Hannighan said: “I would like to thank Andy for his tireless dedication to the safety of his community, the training of our staff and promoting the work of all emergency services.”
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Local Hero Award, sponsored by Scania, which is voted for by members of the public.
The award was won by Gayle Brown of Bridlington, who was quick to respond when she saw a young boy playing with a lighter and some thinners which he had found outside a garage in an alleyway. His clothing caught fire and he rapidly became engulfed by flames. Seeing the fireball Gayle immediately reacted and rolled the boy on the ground to extinguish the flames, she then administered emergency first aid whilst shouting to raise the alarm. The young boy had to be treated for severe burns but was very lucky because he may not have survived without the fast actions of Gayle.
The award for the Young Person of the Year was won by 15-year-old Rosie Louis. Rosie disregarded her own safety to help her grans neighbour from a fire. She heard the smoke alarm from the neighbours flat and, despite the smoke in the room, went in and led the elderly gentleman to safety.
An award was also given for Best Fire Station, sponsored by PBi Performance, which was won by Snaith Fire Station for gaining high performance scores.
Daryl Oprey, Head of Safety at HFRS, said: “The Community Awards are our way of recognising those members of staff who go the extra mile to make the Service the best it can be, the partner agencies and groups who help us to make our community safer and members of the public who carry out exceptional acts of bravery. The ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate all of those people who help us achieve our goals and everyone who was nominated, shortlisted and, of course, those who won awards should be very proud of their achievements.”