Fires and Fundraising, Cardiac Arrests and Car CrashesThe life-saving intervention by off-duty firefighter, Watch Manager Stu Godwin, saving a grandfather’s life, and the commitment of the Portchester Co-response team were just two of the actions to be rewarded at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Celebrating Success Awards 2015.

The annual awards ceremony was held on the evening of Thursday 4 December, recognising the achievements of the staff and partners that have gone above and beyond in making Hamphsire safer.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Mrs Lindsay Fox joined the proceedings to present the Long Service and Good Conduct medals to firefighters who have served 20 years.

Additional awards included The Chief Officer’s Commendations for two members of Hampshire’s Control Room; Dee Matthews who provided life-saving advice for over 12 minutes to a lady who was disorientated due to a head injury following a burglary in her home, and Julie Walsh who provided life-saving advice to a lady who was bedbound and to other members of the household which resulted in a successful rescue of all three occupants from the property.

Speaking at the event, Chief Officer Dave Curry said: “We have come together this evening to recognise these selfless traits and acts show the best of our fire and rescue service. But tonight is about more than that. The Celebrating Success awards help us to continuously develop and improve the services we provide, and serve as a reminder to us all of what we have done well today, we can do even better tomorrow.

“The level of achievement awarded this evening is testament to the innovation, flexibility and drive of staff in all areas of our Service. We know we continue to face challenges in years ahead, but I have no doubt whatsoever that we will rise to that challenge and continue to make life safer.”

Other results announced on the night included, Unity 101 Community Radio who won the Partnership Award, GRS Signs took the Retained Duty System Employer Award. One of two charity awards went to Watch Manager Craig Sadler from Havant Fire Station for his commitment to raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Football for Cancer, to date he’s raised over £50,000.

The Volunteer Award was awarded to Zoe Finlay for her commitment and hard work with Andover Fire Station.

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