Excellence in Fire & Emergency

The Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the fire and emergency services. Chief Fire Officers, their teams, industry supporters, suppliers and front-line firefighters come together to celebrate the work of brigades, teams and individuals who have really made a difference.

FIRE magazine are delighted to present the tenth annual Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards on Friday 6th December 2024 at the fabulous One Great George Street, London.

 

Nominations will open in June…watch this space!

Timeline

2024 Timeline

  • Nominations open June 2024.
  • Deadline for entries 22nd September 2024.
  • Judging takes place October 2024.
  • Nominees and entrants are contacted late October/early November 2024.
  • Shortlist announced November 2024.
  • Award ceremony at One Great George Street, London on Friday 6th December 2024.

We offer a range of sponsorship packages for the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards including partnership, award category sponsorship and many other options.

Interested in becoming a sponsor in 2024?

Contact us to find out more about sponsorship for 2024, the 10th anniversary of these prestigious awards, and the different packages available:

Beverley Rees

[email protected]

01273 434957 or 07798 615246


Venue-One Great George StreetVenue
Located just off Parliament Square, One Great George Street is the headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The glass-domed, Grade II listed Edwardian building is filled with rich, neo-Palladian and Baroque interiors, and is just a stone’s throw away from the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.


Contact

For sponsorship enquiries, email Beverley Rees at [email protected].

For nomination enquiries, email [email protected].

Award Categories

Emergency Service of the Year

About the award

The Emergency Service of the Year award will be given to the service that has demonstrated a significant difference to fire and emergency performance. The winner will demonstrate one or more of the following: a reduction in deaths and injuries, improved emergency response, excellence in operational response and significant advancements in improving the lives of the community. This award is open to any fire or emergency service.

Past winners

2023 – Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
2018 – Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
2017 – London Fire Brigade

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Collaboration of the Year

About the award

The Collaboration of the Year award will be presented to a fire or emergency individual or team that has participated in a collaboration(s) which has made a discernible improvement to the community they serve. The winner will demonstrate innovation and ingenuity, providing best practice and best value, and showing flexible and effective working practices.

Past winners

2023 – CROSS UK – Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures
2022 – Ukraine Aid Response – National Fire Chiefs Council, Fire Aid, Fire Industry Association
2021 – Safe and Well, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Anglia Ruskin University
2018 – Fit, Fed and Read Partnership, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
2017 – Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
2016 – Youth Intervention Team, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
2015 – The National Operational Guidelines Programme
2014 – Dorset Fire & Rescue Service for Safe and Independent Living

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Outstanding Contribution to the Fire and Rescue Service

About the award

This blue ribbon lifetime achievement award will be presented to a leading fire or emergency figure who has made a significant, positive contribution to the emergency services arena over a sustained period of at least 30 years.

Past winners

2023 – Clive Hamilton and Jennifer Hamilton, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Paul Sayles, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Paul Fuller, formerly Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – Roger Nunn, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
2018 – Lewis Ramsay
2017 – Noel McKee
2016 – Charles McGill
2015 – Dave Ramscar
2014 – Ronnie King

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Healthier Firefighters Award

Excellence in Contaminants and Decontamination

About the award

Evidence and science-based solutions/projects that have tangible benefits to firefighter health outcomes, particular a reduction in exposure to, or removal of, carcinogenic elements. The winner will demonstrate reduction of exposure to contaminants on the fireground, decontamination systems/facilities processes evidenced to reduce exposure to carcinogens, or education/research projects to further understanding of contaminants and avoidance of carcinogens.

Past winners

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Innovation of the Year

About the award

The Innovation of the Year award will be given to an individual or team that has developed innovative technology or a way of working that has made a significant difference to fire and emergency performance and delivery. The winner will demonstrate one or more of the following: improved safety measures which have led to saving lives and reducing injuries, produced significant cost savings, and improved the provision of emergency response.

Past winners

2023 – Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Seamus Doyle
2022 – Zero Emission Pumping Appliance, London Fire Brigade
2021 – On Call Firefighters, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – Fire Escape Hoods, introduced by Steve Collins, London Fire Brigade
2018 – UAE Civil Defence [Marine firefighting]
2017 – Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Road Safety Team
2016 – London Fire Brigade for Electronic Premises Information Plates Information Management Department
2015 – Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service for the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project
2014 – Innohome for the Stove Guard System

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Training Provider of the Year

About the award

The Training Provider of the Year award will be presented to an individual, organisation or team that has delivered exceptional training for fire and emergency personnel. The winner will demonstrate transference of learning, exceptional feedback, organisational improvements directly linked to the training, and innovation and best practice.

Past winners

2023 – Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Wildfire Training Team
2022 – International Safety Training College, Malta
2021 – Joanna Foster, Fabtic
2019 – Learning and Development, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
2018 – International Business Development and Delivery Team, Fire Service College
2017 – UKRO Education and Development Directorate
2016 – West Midlands Fire Service Command Development Team – Exercise and Examination Virtual Reality (XVR) incident command simulation
2015 – The UKRO Trauma Teamz
2014 – UCLAN for Educating Fire Professionals

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Project of the Year

About the award

Recognising the most effective and efficient outsourced project, the fire or emergency winner will demonstrate a clear efficiency saving and improvement of service to the public. In addition, the project will deliver sizeable cost savings, streamlined business processes, and innovation and best practice.

Past winners

2023 – Atlas Project, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Chester Community Fire Station
2021 – National Operational Guidance, Kent Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – NE Area Corrosive Substance Attack Team, London Fire Brigade
2018 – South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
2017 – Primetech and West Midlands Fire Service
2016 – EUR – Multi Agency Exercise, London Fire Brigade
2015 – Greater Manchester’s Community Risk Intervention Teams
2014 – Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for the Progression Pathway

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Emergency Services Collaboration of the Year

About the award

The Emergency Services Collaboration of the Year award will be presented to a multi-agency team working across the blue-light services that has participated in a collaboration(s) which has made a discernible improvement to the community they serve. The winner will demonstrate innovation and ingenuity, providing best practice and best value, and showing flexible and effective working practices.

Past winners

2023 – Road Safety Team, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, West Midlands Fire Service
2021 – Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – Joint Community Safety Department, South Yorkshire Fire and

Rescue and South Yorkshire Police
2018 – County Durham and Darlington

Fire and Rescue Service
2017 – Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
2016 – Braunstone Blues, Leicestershire Police, Fire and EMAS
2015 – Hayle’s Tri-Services Office

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Team of the Year

About the award

Presented to a fire or emergency team that has made a demonstrable difference to the organisation and community they serve. The winner will demonstrate one or more of the following: reduced deaths and injuries, significant efficiencies and cost savings, and changing and improving the lives of members of the community.

Past winners

2023 – Women in the Fire Service
2022 – Diversity and Inclusion Team, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – Community Development and Safeguarding Team, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
2018 – South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
2017 – Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Inclusive Network Group
2016 – Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service DRASP team
2015 – The London Fire Brigade Fire Cadets
2014 – West Midlands Fire Service for its Fire Research and Investigation Section

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Resilience & Learning from Major Incidents

About the award

The Resilience & Learning from Major Incidents award will be presented to an individual, team or fire and rescue service that has demonstrably improved resilience arrangements, including implementing systemic changes and enhancing operational procedures, over the last 12 months. The winner will show the effective use of resources, demonstrate effective response and inter-agency cooperation in a JESIP decision-making environment where profound command dilemmas exist.

Past winners

2023 – London Fire Brigade, Operational Resilience and Control
2022 – County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Ops Assurance Section
2021 – Wildfire Response, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
2019 – West Midlands Training, Exercising and Learning Group
2018 – Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
2017 – London Resilience Group

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Most Influential Ethnic Minority Individual in Fire

About the award

The winner of the Most Influential Ethnic Minority Individual in Fire award will have demonstrated a positive contribution to diversity and equality in the Fire and Rescue Service over the last 12 months.

Past winners

2023 – Dalwinder Rai, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Richard Stokes, Avon Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Wayne Brown, West Midlands Fire Service
2019 – Yasmin Bukhari, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
2018 – Satbinder Nar, West Midlands Fire Service
2017 – Surjit Singh, London Fire Brigade
2016 – Preith Shergill, West Midlands Fire Service

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Most Influential Woman in Fire

About the award

Celebrating the contribution of women to the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK, entrants can nominate any woman working with or for a fire and rescue service who has made a discernible difference to fire and rescue performance in the last 12 months

Past winners

2023 – Kathryn Billing
2022 – Samantha Burton
2021 – Carmel McKinney
2019 – Alex Johnson
2018 – Diane Dunleavy
2017 – Lynne Gow
2016 – Becci Bryant
2015 – Danielle Cotton

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International Best Practice

About the award

The winner will have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, making a group or individual contribution that has advanced safety from fire, internationally.

Past winners

2023 – Operation Florian
2022 – Leitrim Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Authority
2019 – University of Central Lancashire, School of Engineering Fire Team
2018 – Pup Upton and Dave Thurston, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
2017 – United Arab Emirates Civil Defence
2016 – Peter Cowup
2015 – Russ Timpson

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Unsung Hero Award

About the award

The Unsung Hero Award will be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the fire and emergency services over the last 12 months. The winner will demonstrate a sustained and significant contribution to the community, evidencing ingenuity and determination whilst helping to improve the lives of colleagues and/or members of the public.

Past winners

2023 – Iain Hughes, West Midlands Fire Service
2022 – Gill Cockburn, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Mark Jordan, London Fire Brigade
2019 – Candy Woods, West Midlands Fire Service
2018 – Dennis Wickham, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Youth Champion of the Year

About the award

The Youth Champion of the Year award will be given an individual or team that has excelled either on a young people’s course, demonstrating outstanding performance and positive contribution to their community, or through working on training and development for young people.

Past winners

2023 – Coral Jobson, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Charlie Thomas, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (Young People’s Supporter)
2021 – Peter Owens, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (Young People’s Supporter), Paige Hanson, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (Youth Champion)
2019 – Nick Quinlan, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (Young People’s Supporter), Kleria Mendes, London Fire Brigade (Youth Champion)

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Neurodiversity Champion of the Year

About the award

The Neurodiversity Champion of the Year award winner will be given to an individual who has excelled in helping to provide an inclusive and inspiring workplace and has demonstrated how they have made a positive difference to the organisation in developing initiatives and providing support to neurodiverse personnel.

Past winners

2023 – Julie Farruggia, West Midlands Fire Service
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Most Influential LGBTQ+ Individual in Fire

About the award

The winner of the Most Influential LGBTQ+ Individual in Fire award will have demonstrated a significant contribution to promoting and supporting LGBTQ+ in their service and community to make a positive impact on fire and rescue performance over the last 12 months.

Past winners

2023 – Jax Effiong, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
2022 – Matt Hill, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
2021 – Yannick Dubois, formerly East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
2019 – Pat Carberry, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Sponsorship

We offer a range of sponsorship packages for the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards including partnership, award category sponsorship and many other options.
Interested in becoming a sponsor in 2024?

Contact us to find out more about sponsorship for 2024, the 10th anniversary of these prestigious awards, and the different packages available:

Beverley Rees

[email protected]

01273 434957 or 07798 615246

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