Staff of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue came away double winners after scooping two awards in the ‘exemplary service’ category.
The fire service picked up both the individual and group awards in the ‘recognition for examplary service’ category at the Cutlers’ Company Police & Fire Service Awards.
This is the first time in the event’s 24 year history that the fire service have been considered for the awards.
Station manager Lorraine Smith won the individual prize, for her commitment to work by consistently going above and beyond what is expected of her role. She delivered numerous projects on time and within budget, at a time when the service was subject to severe cut backs. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Lorraine has also helped raised thousands for her local hospital and chose to donate her £250 cash prize to Weston Park Hospital Charity Trust.
Lorraine said: “I feel extremely honoured, the award is a huge surprise - unexpected but thrilling. My passion for the cause has been my motivation over the years, and I am overwhelmed that someone sees my efforts as award worthy.”
Fire Community Support Officers took home the group award for their service to the people of South Yorkshire, which includes fitting tens of thousands of smoke alarms in the homes of some of the most vulnerable people in society. They donateed their £250 cash prize to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
The awards were presented by the Master Cutler, David Grey.