Published: 01/02/2013 15:14

Town contenders for MORE awards

Written byBY JENNY MOODY

UTTOXETER PCSOs and a student firefighter have been shortlisted for a top fire award.

The two contenders have been shortlisted in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual MORE Awards.

Student firefighter Jade Aubrey has been nominated for the Young Person of the Year award for her enlightening enthusiasm and passion for the fire service.

Jade has also helped Uttoxeter firefighters to raise over £1,500 for charity and continues to help out with any fund-raising opportunities.

Uttoxeter Police and PCSOs have been shortlisted for the Partnership award for their excellent relationship with the Uttoxeter firefighters.

This has led to many successful referrals for vulnerable people to receive the help they need from the fire service.

Peter Dartford, chief fire officer and chief executive, said: “It’s vitally important that we recognise the contribution our staff and volunteers make, as well as those who work with us to improve the lives and well-being of the communities we serve.

“It is also right that we celebrate the hard work they do, as there are so many examples where individuals and teams go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the communities of Staffordshire and make a positive difference in their local areas.

“This will be our sixth annual awards ceremony, which this year has awards sponsored by Calderpeel Architects and Kier plc.”

The 2013 MORE awards, to be held at the Stafford County Showground on March 7, will see nine prestigious MORE Awards handed out to staff or local businesses in honour of the work they have done for or with the fire and rescue service over the last year.

Mr Dartford added: “There have been 25 people and businesses shortlisted, two or three in each of the nine categories, including the publicly nominated Fire Service Champion award.

“We’re also delighted that Paula White from BBC Radio Stoke has agreed to host the event.”

Included in the award nominations this year is Birmingham-based Emergency Damage Management (EMD) in the Partnership category, who serves in Staffordshire.

EMD helps to protect the communities of Staffordshire and bring peace of mind to people in distress following fires or floods.

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Boxing Club has also been shortlisted for the Fund-raiser of the Year award.

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